Katsina State to start benefitting from FG’s monthly stipend payment

President Muhammadu Buhari and Katsina Governor Aminu Bello Masari

 

The special adviser to the Katsina State government on girl child, Hajiya Binta Abba Umar has made it known that beneficiaries in the state will join those receiving federal government’s N5000 monthly income under its conditional cash transfer programme from March, 2017.

Abba briefed newsmen on the outcome of the training for the programme in Katsina, saying that between 800 to 1000 poor and vulnerable households in 12 select local governments will benefit from the program. And those areas represent about 30 per cent of the local councils in the state.

Her commendation favoured the efforts of President Muhammdu Buhari and Governor Aminu Bello Masari over the programme designed to help the less privileged persons in the society.

She was hopeful that at least 144 participants from the 12 pilot local government areas in the state were targets for the modern tools and technology to be employed during the identification process of the community-based programme.

The remaining 22 local government areas, Abba explained, would be reached in phases and sued for the cooperation and support of the participants and selected communities.

Prior that, Abdulrahman Marafa, who is chairman of local governments’ heads of administration in the state, spoke at the closing ceremony of the four day training, where pledges of the councils’ support for the success of the programme were made. He also assured that the program implementation in Katsina would be an exemplary model for other states.

The coordinator, National Social Safety Net Coordinating Office (NASSCO), Mr. Peter Papka, earlier said the members of the select communities were prepared to getting the opportunity of defining poverty and vulnerability in their communities for the first time in the state’s history. This threshold by the FG, he added, was aimed at making a difference in the fight against extreme poverty.

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