The Federal Government has approved the addition of twenty-five thousand, seventy names from Anambra to the Social Investment Register for Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT, Initiative.
The Coordinator, Conditional Cash Transfer in Anambra state, Mr Raph Enukora made this known during a town hall meeting for stakeholders and beneficiaries held in Awka, the state capital.
The meeting which provided the opportunity for a review of the success of the CCT as well as its challenges was organizes by an NGO, Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier directed that the Social Investment Register be increased to accommodate more vulnerable persons across the country as part of measures to cushion the economic effects of the pandemic.
The CCT State Coordinator, Mr Ralph Enukora said the Federal Government has approved the enrollment of additional twenty-five thousand and seventy names to the list by December this year.
He, therefore charged the existing beneficiaries to make sure they utilise the opportunity provided by the government and work themselves out from the poverty level through savings culture.
In a remark, the Assistant Project Coordinator for Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre, Mazi Jerry Udorji said the event was organized to assist the Federal Government in the implementation of the Monitoring of Recovered Assets in Nigeria through Transparency and Accountability, MANTRA, project.
According to him, the project which is being supported by the British Department for International Development, DFID in line with the memorandum of understanding signed between the Nigeria government and Switzerland that looted funds returned to the country must be utilized for the overall interest of the people.
One of the stakeholders and gender activist, Professor Mercy Anagbogu who lauded the CCT initiative, called on the Federal Government to consider using traditional rulers in identifying the poor and vulnerable persons for the proposed enrollment to avoid lapses already witnessed in the first batch.
The representative of the Traditional Ruler of Awka, Igwe Gibson Nwosu and Traditional Prime minister of the town, Ozor Benjamin Okoye while calling for transparency and accountability in the implementation, appealed to the Federal government to finance and strengthen the monitoring agencies to avoid compromise at any level.
While expressing gratitude to the President Buhari led administration for introducing the Social Investment Programmes, some beneficiaries Mr Okechukwu Ilomuanya from Orumba south, Mrs Maureen Mouneme from Awka North and Mrs Ngozi Raphael testified that the gesture had made them breadwinners in their families.
According to available records, eight thousand three hundred and thirty-three indigent persons have been benefiting from the Federal Government initiative in six pilot local government areas since 2018.
Anambra, Enugu and Imo were states in the South East already benefiting from the programme.