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102,650 to benefit from FG cash transfer in Edo

The Edo State Government has disclosed that a total of 102,650 people are expected to benefit from the second phase of the Renewed Hope Cash…

The Edo State Government has disclosed that a total of 102,650 people are expected to benefit from the second phase of the Renewed Hope Cash Transfer of the federal government in the state.

The General Manager, Edo Social Investment Programme (SIP), Yuwa Aladeselu, disclosed this at a one-day refresher training for local government cash transfer facilitators in Benin City.

She said the beneficiaries, drawn from 1,969 communities across the 18 local governments, would benefit from the programme under the National Social Safety Nets Project Scale Up (NASSP-SU).

“Governor, Godwin Obaseki is interested in any intervention that will help or provide succour for the poor and vulnerable. Edo has a social register of over 1.6 million persons,” adding that about 314,000 households were captured in the register which also includes persons living with disability among others.

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Earlier, the Head of Unit, Edo State Cash Transfer Unit, Flora Bossey, said over 12,108 beneficiaries were enrolled and paid during the first phase of the implementation of the programme in the state in 2022.

“As at today, 40,647 beneficiaries have been paid N25,000 across the 18 local government areas in the state including those who have bank accounts that were drawn from both the National Social Register (NSR) and Rapid Response Register (RRR).”

She further said the cash transfer is in line with the vision of the federal government to provide 15 million poor and vulnerable Nigerians under the Expanded National Social Safety Nets Programme Scale-Up.

On his part, Mohammed Adams, Enrolment Officer/ Beneficiaries Management Officer of the National Cash Transfer Office, said the training was to ensure that the facilitators found the biodata of 101,404 people who do not have valid bank accounts and enroll them to receive the renewed hope cash transfer.

According to him, the payment delivery mechanism will ensure that payment is delivered to the eligible beneficiaries directly into their interoperable transactional accounts/wallets at the right time in a convenient manner.

“All beneficiaries will receive their funds directly through interoperable transactional accounts/wallets thus leading to significant financial inclusion of the beneficiaries,” Adams said.

 

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