CCT: FCTA recorded 20,000 beneficiaries in 2019

Minister of State for FCTA, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has said  no fewer than 20,000 residents of the territory benefited from the Conditional Cash Transfer  (CCT) in 2019 under the Social Investment Programme (SIP) of the federal government . 

Aliyu made this known during a one day Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) co-responsibility engagement stakeholders forum, stressing that in addition, the programme has established savings groups for the beneficiaries to engage in various livelihood activities that would lift them out of the depth of poverty and prevent them from plunging into shocks. 

The minister, who was represented by the Special Assistant on Technical Matters,  Mubdiyu Mustapha, noted that the components of the SIP were carefully planned to encapsulate the administration’s cardinal objective of eradicating extreme poverty, and by extension, providing security and developing the economy of Nigeria. 

She observed that despite the milestones recorded, Nigerians are not yet where they need to be in the fight against poverty, stating that there are a lot of things that could be done differently within the social protection circle. 

She said: “Specifically, we need more research, we need more young people venturing into the social protection field, and we need to improve our results chain. We need not reinvent the wheel and we must ensure we learn from past mistakes, by documentation and analysis for future references.” 

“While it is true that we have an approved National Social Protection Policy and we have launched the National Social Investment Programmes, and have achieved milestones. We are not yet where we need to be in the fight against poverty and we must continue to work towards changing the fortunes of our people for the better. 

“Our health indices need to change for the better; our level and quality of education must improve; our life expectancy must increase; and our multidimensional poverty rating must be reduced. In addition, we must continue to work to checkmate unemployment, bring down the numbers of out of school children, provide vocational training opportunities, especially in the grassroots where they are needed, and above all, continue to strive to ensure all human lives matter.”

The Head, FCT State Cash Transfer Unit, Dr. Luka Ayuba, gave the overview of the Conditional Cash Transfer in the FCT and described the introduction of the SIP as the best programme of government, geared towards tackling extreme poverty in Nigeria.

He said  the programme has covered three area councils of Abaji, Kuje and Kwali, revealing that the unit will scale-up its activities in the other three area councils of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Bwari and Gwagwalada in the next phase. 

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