In it’s on going efforts of uplifting the poor and the vulnerable in the society and to ease the task of it’s operations in the emanicipation of needy, the Federal Government has commenced the digitization of its Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) to Beneficiaries in Gombe State.
The CCT which since inception by the Federal Government few years ago and which is under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development which is headed by Hajiya Sadiya Farouk has touched the lives of thousands of the vulnerable across the States.
In Gombe State, the exercise was piloted in 7 wards, targeting More than 1044 beneficiaries in Gombe local Government Area out of the 26,518 beneficiaries who are enjoying the programme. The exercise which took place at Jekadafari ward on Thursday, 2nd September, 2021. took off at exactly 9am and ended at 4:30pm same day with beneficiaries who comprised of the poor and the vulnerable in the society.
Speaking at the event, the head of unit (Gombe SCTU), Comrade Jatau Abubakar disclosed that, the digitization of household uplifting programme (HUP) of the Federal Government was implemented to minimize the risk of carrying cash about, even as the modern world today, is fast transforming into cashless economy. He said, the new mode of payment delivery, was introduced to allow beneficiaries make withdrawals, adding that the system would also enable them access other transactions like bank transfers and other monetary activities at ease whenever they want at any given time. Comrade Jatau further said that all backlog of beneficiaries payments from January to April (2021) put at #20000 to each beneficiary, have been settled even as many of them express their profound gratitude to the government for the good gesture.
Meanwhile, the National M & E officer (NCTO, Abuja)
Miss Joyce Dida, was at the venue of the exercise at Jekadafari ward to monitor the digitization processes of the payment and expressed her satisfaction of what she observed.
A number of the beneficiaries interviewed separately also smiled and commended President Muhammadu Buhari for what they described as his foresight and good gestures of improving their standard of living, inspite of the Covid-19 Pandemic that has taken its toll on the nation’s economy all this while.