Nigeria – About twenty-nine thousand, two hundred and fourteen poor and vulnerable households in Anambra State are to benefit from the Federal Government COVID-19 Rapid Response Cash Transfer Programme.
Addressing Journalists, during a Stakeholder’s Sensitization meeting on Rapid Response Register, RRR, in Awka, over the weekend, the Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, Mr. Mark Okoye, said that the measure was to cushion the economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic across the state.
Mr. Okoye, who was represented by a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Dan Ezeanwu, disclosed that Anambra State Government had been partnering the Federal Government in various social intervention programmes, noting that those programmes were aligned to the Federal Government’s agenda of lifting one hundred milion Nigerians out of poverty by 2025.
He announced that nine local Government Areas had been selected to benefit from the Rapid Response Register programme.
The benefiting council areas are Anambra West, Ayamelum, Awka North, Dunukofia, Ekwusigo, Onitsha South, Ogbaru, Oyi and Orumba North.
He explained that enumerators would meet applicants at their residents to take further information such as National Identification Numbers, NIN, and bank account details, adding that those registered would subsequently be paid through a digitalized payment system in their bank accounts.
The Commissioner further explained that for one to be eligible for the cash transfer, he or she must register at the receipt of SMS by dialing any of the following codes below depending on one’s location; Ekwusigo -*969*21#, Anambra East, *969*22#, Onitsha South, *969*23#, Ogbaru, *969*24#, Oyi, *969*25#, Ayamelu, *969*26#, Awka North, *969*27#, Dunukofia, *969*28#, Orumba North, 969*29#.
Mr. Okoye, while reeling the codes said not everybody in a local government would receive the SMS, remarking that enough safety measures had been put in place by the government to avoid scam.