The Federal Government has resumed disbursement of N30,000 each to over 29,917 beneficiaries in nine local government areas of Akwa Ibom State under the Household Uplifting Programme-Conditional Cash Transfer.
Speaking with our correspondent during the disbursement in Uruan LGA on Thursday, the Head Transfer Cash Unit, Akwa Ibom State, Christiana Akpan
said other local governments including Ukanafun, Oruk Anam, Eastern Obolo, Mkpat Enin, Nsit Ubium and Onna Local Government Areas would simultaneously be covered in the batch of payment.
While appreciating the federal government for the gesture, Akpan explained that the disbursement was in line with the FG’s mandate of lifting millions of households from poverty
“Today, we are recommencing and continuing the payment to our beneficiaries in Akwa Ibom. Today we are in Uruan Local Government Area and also in Nsit Atai but right now, this is Uruan LGA that we doing the payment.
“In Uruan LGA we have a total 3,935 beneficiaries in Akwa Ibom as a whole, we have a total of 29,917 beneficiaries, in this programme, which cuts across the nine LGAs including Uruan, Nsit Atai and Nsit Ubium for Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial district. We are paying them a total sum of N789,750,000 million, that’s what we are paying only on this particular batch.
“And for Akwa Ibom South senatorial district, we have Mkpat Enin, Onna and Eastern Obolo and in Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district, we have Ikono, Ukanafun and Oruk Anam LGAs.
“We have done payment in Ikono on Tuesday and we are going to other LGAs as we have scheduled our itinerary with the independent monitors”, she said.
She appreciated the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disasters Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq and the National Project Coordinator, Hajia Halima Shehu, for their contributions to the success of the programme
One the beneficiaries, Gregory Asuquo, a resident of Oku Ikot Edung in Uruan LGA, who collected N30,000 expressed appreciation to the federal government for the gesture
Asuquo said, “I have collected my money which is N30,000 courtesy of the Federal Government. I have open cooperative account to invest this money because this not the first time I am collecting the money, this is my third.”
Another beneficiary, a physically challenged, Affiong Effiong, said she would used the money to improve on her water leaf farm.
“I have collected my N30,000, this is my fourth time of collecting this money. The money has been very helpful, as I used it to plant water leaf and sell to help my children.