STATE FOCAL BOSS SHEDS MORE LIGHT ON THE PAYMENT OF THE CONDITIONAL CASH TRANSFER TO ABIANS, ASSURES OF PAYMENT OF BACKLOGS
The Abia State Focal person on social investment program, Mr. Chinenye Nwaogu has assured all Abia who where enrolled into the Federal Government’s conditional cash transfer to the poor and vulnerable families of the commencement of their payments on or before the 28th day of this April 2020, as according to him all the initial bottlenecks that hitherto impeded on the the smooth delivery of the program in the state have been taking care of by the collective efforts of the governor of the State, the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development and the world bank.
Mr. Nwaogu gave the cheering news in a telephone conversation in a 103.5 pacesetter FM enlightenment program anchored by Okpani Nkama Jr. acknowledged the difficulties and hardships most vulnerable families are currently passing through at this lockdown and pleaded for understanding, as all arrears due to the enrollees will be cleared once payment commences.
He used the occasion to debunk the speculation in some quarters that the program have been hijacked by politicians and stated that the process that led to the selection of poor and vulnerable households into the national register was transparent, explicit and in accordance with the world bank set standard, adding that it was devoid of any form of political influence, guidance or control, maintaining that it was purely community based, with a promise that the exercise is a continuous one.
The Nsulu born policy maker thanked the State governor for his unrelentless efforts towards ensuring the smooth running of all Social investment programs in the state describing the case of the conditional cash transfer as an ‘isolation’ one.
Recalled that the news of the contract termination of the payment provider for the enrollees of the conditional cash transfer in the states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Zamfara by the Federal Govt filtered the media space last week following a petition by the State Focal persons of the aforementioned states to the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development against the lackluster performance of the Said service payment provider, a situation that gave rise to the engagement of a new and competent one which has given hope to an unhindered and unabated commencement of regular and prompt payment of all backlogs owed the beneficiaries in Abia.