FG Denies Corruption Claims In Conditional Cash Transfer Programme

Joseph Bakare

The Federal Government has denied any form of corruption and inefficiency in the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Programme under the National Social Investment Programme.

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in a statement on Tuesday, January 26, in Abuja also said any contrary story against the programme was false.

Farouq explained that unpatriotic persons were trying to discredit the programme.

She said the programme was introduced by the Federal Government in 2016, in partnership with the World Bank, to fortify social safety nets and establish a social protection system in Nigeria.

According to her, the programme is a component of the government’s resolve to reduce community poverty in Nigeria.

Farouq explained that the programme involved the release of a monthly stipend of N5,000 to the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerian household, mostly in the rural communities.

She said as, at December 2020, the programme operated in 33 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory.

“A total of 1,414,983 beneficiaries with 7,068,629 individual household member beneficiaries have been enrolled; covering 487 Local Government Areas, 4,716 Wards and 37,628 Communities.

“The programme targets to cover all states of the federation by March 2021.

“Contrary to claims of lacking implementation structure, the programme has a clearly defined implementation structure; with an electronic base beneficiary enrolment system that focuses on the Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) culled from the National Social Register.

“These clarifications are necessary for the discerning public. The database of PVHHs is generated at the state level and domiciled at State Ministries of Planning.

“This information is accessible through the National Social Safety Net Project’s website at www.nassp.gov.ng

“I want to reiterate that the processes are transparent and efficient. We have not recorded any form of financial corruption in the programme,” Farouq said.

She further explained that Rapid Transfer Register was provided for under the Economic Sustainability Plan; also adding that CCT was funded from the Abacha restituted funds and the World Bank facility.

On Cash Grant to Rural Women, Farouq said it was a one-off grant; and it was also provided for in the 2020 Appropriation Act.

She maintained that electronic disbursement was done to the extent of the infrastructural capacity of any location.

The minister added that the targeted beneficiaries of the CCT were the poorest of the poor; in rural areas that lacked banking as well as telecom facilities.

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