The conditional cash transfer programme of the federal government has continued to yield positive results, as majority of the beneficiaries in Anambra state are now owners of various petty businesses.
This was observed when payment providers of the Federal Cash Transfer Office in company of officials of the Anambra state Cash Transfer Unit, visited the eleven benefiting Local Government Areas of the state which are, Awka North and South, Dunukofia, Ihiala, Orumba North and South, Ayamelum, Anambra East and West, Ogbaru, and Nnewi North, to pay the beneficiaries for the months of May and June, 2021.
The conditional cash transfer programme is a social investment programme instituted by the Buhari led administration to improve the living standard of the poor and vulnerable homes across Nigeria by paying them five-thousand-naira stipend on monthly basis.
Before now, it was only Awka North, Dunukofia, Ihiala, Orumba South, Ayamelum, and Anambra West Local Government Areas that are benefiting from the programme in Anambra state, but recently, additional five Local Government Areas were added as beneficiaries including , Awka South, Orumba North, Anambra East, Ogbaru, and Nnewi North, making it total of eleven council areas and fifteen thousand, seven hundred and sixty-eight beneficiaries in the state.
Speaking during the disbursement exercise, some of the beneficiaries from Awka North and South, Mr Cyril Mbonu, Mrs Ifeoma Onwuzulike, Mrs Chinyere Ofor, and Mr Nwafor Mbonu thanked federal government for the programme which they confessed has really transformed their lives, and called for improvement on the payment processes, in order to minimize the stress they go through in receiving their monthly stipend.
Other beneficiaries from Orumba South, Mrs Chizoba Uduh, and Mrs Ebele Okoli said they have started petty businesses with the monthly stipend from the federal government, and applauded the recent move by the payment providers of the Cash Transfer Office towards digitizing the payment process to enable beneficiaries access their money with ease, describing it as a welcomed development.
In an interview, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the Federal Cash Transfer Office Abuja, Mrs Mabel Onyekachi assured that the office will continue to coach and monitor the beneficiaries to ensure that their businesses continue to improve, and urged payment providers in charge of Anambra state to employ more manpower to lessen the sufferings of the beneficiaries.
On his part, the Head, Anambra State Cash Transfer Unit, Mr Ralph Enukorah while rating the social intervention programme the best initiative of President Buhari’s administration because of the direct impact it has on the lives of the poor masses, expressed hope that the programme will still be extended to other local government areas in Anambra state before it elapses.
The leader of Payment Service Provider team in charge of the stipend disbursement in Anambra state, Mr Bernard Nwobodo explained that among efforts of the team towards reduction of stress for the beneficiaries, and ensuring accuracy and transparency in the payment processes, were the use of electronic devices in identifying the beneficiaries and the recent introduction of the use of ATM cards in their payment process, which according to him, will fully be operational soon.