Over 10,000 persons are currently beneficiaries of the first phase of the Federal Government’s national cash transfer programme in Kwara state.
Under the first phase 12 local government areas are participating while the remaining four local government areas are being considered to benefit in the second phase.
Unit head, Conditional Cash Transfer, Kwara State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Aminah Yahya-Bagudu has said.
Yahya-Bagudu said the programme was part of the components designed by the Federal Government to tackle poverty in the country.
She added that the beneficiaries had started receiving the payment of five thousand naira monthly from the Federal Government.
Hajia Yahya-Bagudu explained that the selection process was based on data collected for the World Bank supported Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO), where each community identified those considered as poor.
She added that the process was transparent and devoid of any influence adding that the second phase of the programme would commence as soon the social registered is shared with her Unit for the payment of the five thousand naira monthly.
On hitches in payment, Hajia Aminah-Yahya said the selected bank had engaged the services of a Consulting firm to decentralised its payment process to all beneficiaries across the state.