Bauchi to begin payment before month end
In Bauchi State, the government said about 10,800 poor people would soon benefit from the CCT programme in 360 communities.Special Adviser to Governor Mohammed Abubakar on Development Partners, Mansur Soro, disclosed that each of the beneficiaries would receive N5, 000 and the disbursement would commence before the end of this month.
Soro said the state team was on the field for biometric capturing of the beneficiaries, who would access their funds through Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB).“Bauchi was selected due to the existing social register that successfully identified the most vulnerable and poorest in the country through tested Community Based Targeting (CBT).
“The CCT is a federal government programme that will disburse N5, 000 to the poor.“The beneficiaries were selected from Bauchi, Alkaleri, Tafawa Balawe, Dass, Ganjuwa, Gamawa, Giade, Jamare, Itas/Gadau, Misau, Katagum and Ningi local government areas.
“These policies will have multiplier effects on the life of millions of people, improve purchasing power and boost exchange of commodities,” he said.He added that government had concluded plans to begin the disbursement, adding that 360 communities would benefit from the programme.
One of the beneficiaries, told The Guardian: “I hope majority of the beneficiaries would be children of the poor, because we have seen a situation where children of those implementing the programme are the major beneficiaries.”He said if government sustains the programme, it would be a good thing, saying failure to do so could increase hardship instead of reduction.