From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The federal government has reinstated 48,000 Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) beneficiaries in Nasarawa State into the scheme after their suspension, following allegations of fraud by officials of the programme in some local government areas of the state.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk, disclosed this at a meeting with the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, recently in Abuja.
In a press statement issued by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Ibrahim Addra, it said, Hajiya Farouk revealed the decision of federal government to lift the suspension of 48,000 beneficiaries of the CCT scheme alongside the State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU), on August 5, 2020, adding that the intervention in the state would soon be expanded to cover more local government areas.
The statement read in part: “The directive to lift the suspension is a fall out of a meeting between the Nasarawa State Governor, Engr Abdullahi Sule and the Minister in Abuja.
“Nasarawa State with 48,000 beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme was suspended along with the State Operations Coordinating Unit, SOCU, on the 5th of August, 2020. This was due to fraudulent activities of officials of the programme in some local government areas in 2018.
“Following the suspension, Engr Abdullahi Sule promptly set up an investigative committee on the 17th of August, 2020 headed by a former Secretary to the State Government, Mr Timothy Anjide. The committee has since submitted its report.
“The minister also gave assurance that the cash transfer intervention programme in Nasarawa State is soon to be expanded to cover more local government areas other than the original six.”
It would be called that President Muhammadu Buhari had initiated the CCT programme to reduce poverty, improve health conditions of the poor, reduce illiteracy, among others.