The Federal Government has concluded plans to disburse N1.6 billion to 84,000 beneficiaries in 15 Local Government Areas of Kano State through the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme.
This comes as a shock to Nigerians who felt that since the FG put Abuja, Lagos and Ogun on compulsory lockdown, its palliative effort should be focued on such states.
A statement issued on Monday by Mr Hassan Musa Fagge, the Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Deputy Governor, quotes the National Coordinator of the programme, Dr Temitope Sinkaiye, as announcing this.
The CCT coordinator stated this when she paid a visit to the Kano state deputy governor, Dr Nasiru Gawuna. Sinkaiye said that each beneficiary would receive N20,000 during the exercise to commence on Monday, all in an effort of cushioning the lives of the poor, most especially during this period of national lockdown.
The coordinator stated that since inception of the programme, two years ago, they had not faced any challenge of funding.
There has been outcries by the Southern part of Nigeria regarding the activities heralding the conditional cash transfer and FG’s model in identifying the poor.
Governor Seyi Makinde has raised some questions regarding the methods of identifying the poor who deserve this money.
A lot of Nigerians have since accused the FG of favoring the northern part of the country which is not on FG lockdown, more than Lagos and Ogun that are on lockdown.