FG holds workshop on 100 day RRI in Lokoja
The Federal Government has chosen Kogi State for the pilot project for the implementation of its Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) of N5, 000 monthly stipends per household.
To actualize the project, the National Cash Transfer office in the office of the Vice President staged a workshop for 100 day Rapid Result Initiative (RRI) on CCT to formulate a strategy for identifying those that would qualify for the stipends in six local governments councils of the state.
The National Coordinator of the project, Mrs. Temitope Sinkaye said in Lokoja that the workshop was meant to develop a framework for the CCT in six council areas of Kogi State as pilot.
She said the state was chosen because of its commitment shown on all social investment programmes.Her words: “The entire process including design and test running is 100 days and today is day one. So, you should keep counting when it is 100 days we would show you the result as it will be implemented in six councils in Kogi.
“If the pilot project works out we will then roll it out in other states, but if otherwise we will look at what else they can do to make sure that it works out well.”
Synkaye indicated that the end of the 100 days, their expectation was to have a strategy for identifying those who qualify for the conditional cash transfer.
For instance, in the area of education; for the beneficiaries to get additional N5,000 to send their children to school, they would work out how to identify those that qualify, how they would monitor that the child was in school and how to pay beneficiaries the money.
She pointed out that the second component was being funded by support from the World Bank but the base transfer would be funded solely by the Federal Government.
“For now, we have nine states including Kogi in attendance to participate in the 100-day RRI. Others are Oyo, Kwara, Osun, Cross Rivers, Ekiti, Niger, Bauchi and Borno states,” Sinkaye added.
Declaring the workshop opened, Governor Yahaya Bello expressed joy and optimism that the cash transfer programme would serve as a foundation of hope for many vulnerable people and also reduce crime in the society.