No fewer than 60,000 households in Benue State, are to benefit from the Federal Government’s N5,000 cash transfers.
The State Commissioner for Finance and Economics, Mr David Olofu, stated this in Makurdi, at the weekend, while speaking with newsmen.
According to the commissioner, the N5,000 cash transfer is a component of the National Social Investment programme that was initially meant for the poorest of the poor in every community across the country.
He noted that with the approval of the governor, Benue State is one of the first few states to key into the National Social Investment Programme of the federal government and one key component of that programme is the conditional cash transfer.
“The federal government has renewed its commitment to the programme because of the COVID-19, and I’m aware that at the last count, over 60,000 households have qualified for disbursement and very soon they will begin to access the funds directly.
The template for disbursement is determined by the federal government particularly the Social Investment office under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and am sure that when the distribution will be done, it will be in line with established guidelines and template.
Olofu said that Benue State is fully responsible in making sure that the logistics; office accommodation and some other recurrent expenditure, are provided, being one of the qualifying criteria.