Friday, 22 December 2017


Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has called for the sustenance of the Social Investment Programmes on account of their importance to the people.

He spoke today in Lessel, Ushongo Local Government Area while declaring open the commencement of the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme in the state.

The programme is designed to take care of the poor and the vulnerable in the country.
Each of the beneficiaries would be given N5,000.00 monthly beginning from October 2017 and it would last for three years.

Represented by the Speaker, Benue Assembly, Mr Terkimbi Ikyange, the Governor stressed that the programmes were germane because they were aimed at tackling poverty head on.
The state Focal Person of the program, Engr Terhile Utaan, commended the Federal Government for initiating the programmes which he said were mostly targeted at poverty reduction.

He said that Benue was among the 11 pilot states to benefit from the conditional cash transfer, adding that nine local government areas would kick start the programme and it would be replicated in other councils in due course.

Representative of the National Coordinator, Mrs Sarah Obi, commended the state government for ensuring that Benue was among the pilot states of the programme.

She said the state was included in the first batch of beneficiaries due to the its efforts in facilitating the quick compilation of the register of the poor and vulnerable households.

The Chairman, Ushongo Traditional Area Council, Chief Augustine Kuma, called on the federal government to give massive employment to the youths so as to empower them economically thereby reducing poverty.

Ushongo Council Chairman, Mr John Moughsha, in his welcome address expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for fulfilling his campaign promise by initiating poverty reduction programmes.

Head of the Cash Transfer Office in the State, Mrs Mary Egwu, explained that the programme was targeted at reducing poverty and  the inequality gap between the rich and poor.

A total of 210 beneficiaries have been selected from each of the 11 council wards of Ushongo local Government Area.

Two beneficiaries, Mr Tergba Akase and Mrs Alu Ahungul commended both the state and federal governments for considering their plight, stressing that the gesture would go a long way in ameliorating their sufferings.

By David Mzer

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