Following the government’s directive to lockdown the country for two weeks in order to battle the spread of Covid-19, otherwise known as Coronavirus, the National Cash Transfer Office, NCTO, of the Federal government, on Tuesday, April 7, began payment of N20,000 to 5,000 poor households of the Cash Transfer Programme in Ekiti state.
The Governor of the state, Kayode Fayemi, launched the conditional cash transfer to 5,000 indigent citizens under the household uplifting programme initiated by the federal government.
The beneficiaries, who were drawn from the 16 local government areas of the state, received between N20, 000 and N60, 000, representing the up -to -date payment alongside the outstanding stipends.
The governor who spoke on Tuesday during the official launching of the scheme in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, said the programme was meant to alleviate the level of poverty and other attendant effects among poor Nigerians.
Fayemi, represented by the Special Adviser, Office of Transformation and Delivery, Prof Bolaji Aluko said: “This is parts of the programmes packaged by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to uplift the standard of living of the poor masses and Ekiti people are benefitting owing to recognition of our strong support for the FG.
“We decided to give you this cash at this time when COVID 19 scourge is rearing its ugly head, so that you can use the fund to support yourselves and prevent hunger, because the economy is presently facing challenges owing to lockdown pronouncement in Ekiti to stop the spread of the disease.
“A total of 5,000 indigent populace who had been captured and had been enlisted on a single register will benefit. It is for the poorest of the poor and only those that deserve it will continue to enjoy it.
“On Monday, our government began the distribution of food and other stimulus packages to 20,000 Ekiti indigent citizens to make our aged, widows and other vulnerable live happily well.
“The programme is a household scheme, so give to your neighbours and others living with you under the same roof.
“We are also assuring the beneficiaries that we will put all necessary frameworks in place to prevent people from mismanaging a scheme meant for the poor and less privileged”.
The Special Adviser, Social Investment Programme to Governor Fayemi, Mr. Victor Kolade , said the state government had also reenacted what he called ‘Owo Arugbo’ to complement the social safety nets and palliatives being offered by the federal government.
“Ekiti has keyed into the social investment programmes like the N-power, school feeding programme and others. We have even established more outfits to help the poor and make them overcome poverty.
“I want you to bury that erroneous impression that government money is free and can be spent anyhow. I want to plead with you to make judicious use of this support,” he advised.