Ogun StateGovernor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, while declaring open the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme, a component of the Social Investment Programme (SIP) of the Federal Government in the state, charged the Local Government Councils’ Cash Transfer Facilitators to be highly diligence in the discharge of their duties.
Abiodun who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr Femi Ogunbanwo gave this charge at the beginning of a Four-day Orientation, Implementation and Enrollment Training workshop for the Local Government Councils’ Cash Transfer Facilitators in Abeokuta, the state capital which marks the commencement of the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme in the state.
He further explained that the programme was targeted at the poorest of the poor and the aged citizens in the state which indeed is to provide access to some form of monthly income in addition to the advisory support for a defined period in order to uplift their livelihood.
Ogunbanwo said that this was the demonstration the Governor’s commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of the people of the state, noting that the programme was a Godly assignment, charging the Facilitators to be committed and highly dedicated in the delivery of the assignment.
In her opening remarks, the National Programme Coordinator, Mrs Temitope Sinkaiye said the Household Uplifting Programme (HUP) was set to reduce poverty and socio-economic vulnerabilities in the country.
Sinkaiye maintained that the Facilitators were being trained on how to use mobile applications for the enrollment of the Conditional Cash Transfer beneficiaries, adding that the #5,000 monthly stipends would be paid electronically to the beneficiaries through mobile money operators residing in rural communities.
peaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Kehinde Onasanya reiterated that the Social Investment Programme was aimed at bringing succour to the people and reduce poverty in the state.
Onasanya stressed that this was one of the key agenda of the present administration, saying the government had always been paying attention to the various downtrodden and vulnerable groups in the state since its inception, while urging the Cash Transfer Facilitators to always see themselves as agents of Life changing and not agents of money transfer alone.
The State Coordinator, Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, Mrs Funmi Baker, commended the Federal and state Government for this laudable initiative and unusual support in alleviating the plight of the vulnerable persons, assuring them of the state team’s maximum cooperation of the in order to achieve the desired success in the state.