The federal government has resumed payment of stipend to 48,687 beneficiaries in Nasarawa state, under its Households Uplifting Programme-Conditional Cash Transfer (HUP-CCT), according to an official.
Mr Imran Jibrin, the Focal Person, Nasarawa State Social Intervention Programme, disclosed this on Saturday at the resumed payment of the arrears of the stipend to beneficiaries in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.
The Federal government had suspended payment of the bi-monthly stipend of N10, 000 for some months, before it recently resumed payment to the current beneficiaries.
The HUP-CCT is being implemented by the National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO) in the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
Jibrin thanked the beneficiaries for their patience during the period they were not paid the stipend, saying that all outstanding allowances would be paid to them.
“We are gathered here today to pay our beneficiaries part of their outstanding.
“We are paying each beneficiary N30,000 which is three cycles of payment, as part of their outstanding arrears.
“Then the next payment will be two cycle of payments and then the outstanding will be over,” he said.
Jibrin said that the beneficiaries who were the most poor and vulnerable in the state, were carefully selected through the State Operation Coordinating Unit (SOCU).
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdullahi Sule on Humanitarian Services said the programme “is aimed at reducing poverty and preventing households from falling down the poverty line.”
“We have over 4,800 beneficiaries in the state and more are still coming on board.
Also, we are upgrading to electronic transfers instead of giving cash to the beneficiaries.
“Transferring the money to them prevent them from transporting themselves to this place and queuing up here.
“So we are still in the process. We are trying to make them open an account, get their Bank Verification Number, then we commence with that.
“Probably by next payment we should be able to pay some of them electronically,” he said.
Mrs Rhoda Agbawu, Head, Nasarawa state Conditional Cash Transfer Unit, while speaking with newsmen, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his sensitivity to the poor.
Agbawu said that the resumption of the payment of the stipend, after a year, was a huge relief from pressure on officials of the programme in the state.
“What we are trying to do now is to pay a backlog of that one year when payment stopped while the current year will be considered later.
“We cannot thank the President enough, because the stoppage of the payment affected the programme of CCT programme in the state but now the payment has resumed,” she said.
Agbawu confirmed that 4,8687 beneficiaries from six local local government areas of the state,were currently benefitting from the HUP-CCT.
“Presently we are implementing in six local government areas, which are Akwanga, Awe, Kokona, Lafia, Wamba, and Nasarawa.
“We have a total of 4,8687 benefitting from the programme for the past two to three years,” she said.
Agbawu appealed to the federal government to capture the remaining seven local governments in the state, that were yet to also benefit from the programme.
A beneficiary, Miss Rahmat Jaafar thanked the federal government for resuming payment of the stipend.
She said payment of the arrears would solve some problems for the beneficiaries.
“We thank God and are very appreciative to the federal government for resuming the payment of the stipends.
“This money will go a long way for many of us,” she said.
Mr Jibril Waziri, another beneficiary, also lauded the federal government for revisiting the payment of the outstanding stipend.
Waziri said the programme had been supportive of the many poor people in the state. (NAN)
NYSC Extends 10 Corps Members’ Service Year, Remobilises 2 in Plateau
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Plateau has extended the service year of 10 corps members and remobilised two others for abscondment and absenteeism during their service year.
The state Coordinator of the NYSC in Plateau, MS Caroline Embu, disclosed this on Thursday in Jos at the official passing out ceremony of the 2020 Batch “B” Stream 1 of the scheme.
According to Embu, the 10 corps member will have their service year extended to various periods for absenteeism and abscondment.
While the two other corps members,she said, had been remobilised to repeat the service in another state with half allowance, for absenting themselves from their respective places of primary assignment for over three months.
She also disclosed that that six corps members would be given the State Award for their outstanding performances during their service.
The state coordinator commended the successfully discharged corps members for making an impact in their host communities.
She urged them to be good ambassadors of the NYSC even as they had completed their service.
She also enjoined them not to embark on night trips due to the challenges associated with such journeys,advising them to break their trips once it was night.
A total of 1, 320 corps members of the 2020 “B” stream 1 deployed to the state were successfully discharged at the ceremony.(NAN)
Police Disperse #EndSARS Protesters in Kwara
From Alfred Babs, Ilorin
Men of the Kwara State Police Command, yesterday morning dispersed a cluster of #EndSARS protesters who gathered in front of MAMTESS supermarket at Taiwo Isale area, in Ilorin, the state capital.
Our correspondent gathered that the protesters had agreed to gather opposite the Supermarket with the intention of marching to Post Office, Challenge area and then government house to meet Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
One of the organisers, simply identified as Comrade Jamiu confirmed that they had hardly taken off from Taiwo Isale, when the fully armed anti riot police officers dispersed them.
“The police dispersed us when we were about taking off, at Taiwo Isale,” he said.
He said they were plotting to regroup and hold a candle light procession at other location which he didn’t disclose and was yet to hold as at the time of filing this report.
Armed security men, including the Army, Police and Civil Defence personnel have since Tuesday evening been dispatched to guard public utilities such as Post Office and Government House in the state capital in case the #EndSARS decide to stage protest in any location.
As at yesterday evening, fully armed police officers were seen at Post office, Challenge and Unity areas where protest usually take place.
Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ajayi Okasanmi, explained that the presence of security personnel in strategic places in the state capital was to prevent breakdown of law and order and to safeguard public utilities.
He said the reason behind the heavy presence of security operatives is to forestall calamities, damages that might arise because of the protest.
He added that youth stakeholders in the state have been engaged, but to make sure no attacks are being carried on in the State, they are doing proactive policing.
Kwara Plans Three Intra-Africa Trade Fairs
From Alfred Babs, Ilorin
The Kwara State Government has reiterated its commitment to the creating enterprising environment and supporting people with innovative ideas that can transform the economic fortune of the state for good.
This commitment was reaffirmed yesterday by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdulrahman AbdulRasaq on Job Creation, Mallam Aliyu Alhassan, while speaking with newsmen on one of the programmes designed by the Governor AbdulRasaq led administration to better economy fortune of the state, tagged: “Kwara Pitch Competition”.
Alhassan called on the people with innovative ideas to apply for the competition through Kwara State Government Facebook account said “the competition is open to young business owners who will pitch their product, service, or prototype to a team of successful men and women from different industries, noting that winners of the competition will be having opportunity to get trainings, mentorship, and several other opportunities to scale their brand”
Alhassan added that the aim of the project is to scale up the economy fortune of the state and create abundant opportunities, saying “we are hoping to scale up businesses that will in turn create jobs and project our state on the map of innovations, enterprise, technology and development.
Talking on the application processes, Alhassan, said “we have published an e-form that will allows intending participants to answer questions relating to their businesses, added that the electronics form inquires about the personality of the business, current investors, among others”
He, stated further that for the purpose of clarity of the business identity, “applications are required to upload a presentation of 2 minutes video, which is expected to answer four questions, such as; the product/service, the targeted problem to solve, the uniqueness and the team members behind it.”
He, however implore young people with innovative ideas to apply said “three best winners will be wholly funded by the state government to the upcoming Intra-Africa Trade Fair in South Africa by November 15 to 21 of his year.”
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