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NGOs call for the sustenance of CCT programs by FG


NGOs call for the sustenance of CCT programs by FG

By Ahmed Ahmed

Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative (FAWOYDI) collaboration with Africa Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) have called on the federal government to sustain the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programs across the country.

Mr Odokara Paul, Monitoring and evaluation officer of ANEEJ Abuja made the call at a town hall meeting with beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) on Friday in Bauchi.

He said there is the need for the government to sustain the program after exhausting the recovered Abatcha loots from Switzerland

“FG introduced the program after recovering some funds allegedly looted during the regime of the late head of state Sani Abacha from the government of Switzerland worth 322. 5 million dollars.

“The three year program which would come to an end in 2021 has gone along way in reducing poverty among the beneficiaries,”

He urged FG to earmark more funds for social welfare programs in its annual budgets in order to mitigate poverty in the land.

Mr. Paul noted that ANEEJ was engaged to monitor the payment of the money across the nation and appealed to the federal government to earmark more funds for social investment programs in its yearly budgets.

On her part, The executive director of FAWOYDI, Hajiya Maryam Garba explained that the purpose of the meeting was to listen to grievances of the beneficiaries and evaluate the impact of the program with a view to improving it for the better.

She said the town hall meeting was organized to listen to grievances of beneficiaries from Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba and Adamawa states organized by FAWOYDI and ANEEJ with the support from the Department For International Development (DFID).

She urged beneficiaries who were short changed or cheated by the payment officers to report to the appropriate authorities for rectification.

On their part, the beneficiaries Mrs Uratu Bala said she saved the money and invested it in fisheries while a disabled man Ezekiel Shatare revealed that he utilized his money to engage into blacksmithing occupation.

They call on the federal government to initiate similar programs when the conditional cash transfer program rounds up,for the poor Nigerians to be empowered.

NGOs call for the sustenance of CCT programs by FG

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