4,000 households to benefit from FG’s CCT in Ondo
By Adekola Afolabi
About 4, 000 heads of households considered to be poor would benefit from the ongoing Federal Government Conditional Cash Transfer in Ondo state, The Hope has learnt.
The Head of Ondo State Cash Transfer Unit, Mrs Tosin Olupona, who confirmed this to The Hope in a phone interview in Akure, the Ondo state capital, explained that the beneficiary households were selected from the six pilot local government areas of the state.
She listed the six local government areas to include, Akure North, Owo, Ese-Odo, Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo, Ifedore and Akoko South-West.
Mrs Olupona said very soon the beneficiaries in the state would be paid from January to April once they get clearance from the National Cash Transfer Office, Abuja.
She, however, said the programme which is under the Federal Government Social Investment Programme is a continuous exercise and would soon be extended to the remaining local government areas.
According to her, the programme started last year in the state and since then Ondo state people have been benefiting.
“We started in September last year and we have paid till December. Federal Government pays bimonthly.
“But in response to the Presidential directive, the Payment Service Providers (PSPs), will come from Abuja to pay as soon as they are paired. Presently they have not been paired. But we have made move for this and very soon the beneficiaries will be paid, she added.
She also noted that each of the households usually gets N10, 000 bimonthly but with the new Presidential directive each of them will be paid N20, 000 to cover four months to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.