NO fewer than 34, 000 destitute has so far been registered and started benefiting from the federal government special intervention, Conditional Cash Transfer Programme by the Federal Government in Jigawa state.
This was disclosed by the national coordinator of the programme Mrs Temitope Sinkaiye while speaking to newsmen in Dutse, the state capital, said: “the federal government has released over N420 million every month since the programme took off in September in the state.”
Mrs Temitope Sinkaiye explained that the programme was initiated in nine local government with each beneficiary receiving the sum of N5,000 every month. About N6 billion would be injected into the state rural economy in a year.”
According to her, the programme is in three component, “the cash transfer for consumption, training on livelihood activities and Top-Up, if all the projects fully commence the amount will be increased to N10,000 far beneficiary far month”.
She noted that her office in conjunction with the state and local government will train the beneficiaries on various skills and trades and form into cooperatives groups to links them with credits institution for their businesses to be self-reliant within the period of the programme of three years.
“On the one component of the programme that is Top-up any state will choose one of the human sectors to engage on, so Jigawa selected Health as its area of deficiency that it would like to address the issues of maternal and child health care in the state”, she emphases.
Mrs Sinkaiye maintained that “under this Top-up where the state selected health as the area of deficiency and to focus on maternal and child health care, every beneficiary must be fully and frequent on safe motherhood and rotten immunisation before benefiting with the additional N5,000.”
“For Health, the condition is basically, the woman is attending anti-natal and post-natal and the child is receiving all the immunisation”.
Sinkaiye also stated that, for the program to take – off we need to access the health facilities because we cannot apply conditions that Peoples cannot fulfil. If a woman can go to ante-natal, the clinic must be there to attain to their needs and that of the children.
“We visited health facilities to access whether they can provide the services, we spoke with the governor, we presented the reports and we have a very cheering news that they are going to address where there are gaps, some communities have good health facilities while others need renovation and manpower and by now they have swung into action,” Temipofe Sinkaiye disclosed.
She further explained that she has confidence in the authorities of Jigawa based on the past experience, “we knew governor Badaru when he said something, he commits himself, this is why Jigawa has gone this far, we have access to this additional support that other States are still lagging behind.”