… Beneficiaries Receive N10,000 For September, October 2020
In continuation of the Cash Transfer initiative of the Federal Government to eligible residents of the State, the Lagos State Government, through the Ministry for Wealth Creation and Employment, began the payment of the third bi-monthly payment at Epe Local Government Area.
Speaking at the disbursement of the N10,000 each to beneficiaries for the months of September and October 2020, the Honourable Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke said the payment will be made to the designated household caregivers who will, in turn, utilise the money for better living of the household.
The Commissioner lauded the efforts of the Federal Government, through the National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, for their support in the establishment of the cash transfer unit in Lagos State, while also expressing her gratitude to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his commitment and assistance in making the implementation a success.
She noted that the process of enrolment of the beneficiary households commenced in April 2020 with the most vulnerable, aged and indigent citizens identified, stressing that the money made available by the Federal Government would be paid six times every year to beneficiaries.
According to her, “The process of enrolment of about 8,147 households captured by the State Cash Transfer Office was approved by the Governor and commenced in the month of April 2020 to fast-track the conditional Cash transfer to beneficiary households in order to alleviate the sufferings of the poor and vulnerable”.
While noting that the beneficiaries were painstakingly selected by the Cash Transfer Office in six pilot Local Government Areas and validated through the issuance of identification cards in order to partake in the exercise, the Commissioner appealed to those that have not registered to key into the programme in order to benefit from the palliative measures.
“I will like to appeal to Lagosians that this is a continuous exercise and in case you are yet to be captured in this batch, there are more opportunities that would be cascaded to the rest of the Local Government Areas in the State. We have come today to pay September and October, let me tell you that by next month, we shall be here again to pay November and December by God’s grace”, she said.
His Royal Highness, Alara of Ilara, Oba (Dr) Olufolarin Olukayode Ogunsanwo Telade VI, expressed his appreciation to both the State and Federal governments for the laudable initiative while applauding the efforts of the Ministry of Wealth Creation, saddled with the disbursement of the funds.
The Executive Chairman of Eredo Local Council Development Area, Mr. Adeniyi Saliu Razaq, conveyed his gratitude to the State Government for choosing the Local Government as a beneficiary of the initiative, just as he encouraged those that are yet to benefit to be patient as all of them would be enrolled to benefit from the opportunity.
He also thanked the Federal and State Governments for the laudable initiative, expressing confidence that it will help to alleviate the suffering of the poor and most vulnerable in the community.
Recall that the Household Uplifting Programme (HUP), otherwise known as Conditional Cash Transfer, was introduced in 2016 as one of the four social investment programmes anchored by the Federal Government to tackle poverty and hunger, focusing on a more equitable distribution of resources to the vulnerable population, including the aged and physically challenged.