According to the federal government, $700 million has been disbursed to over 1.9 million households since 2016 as part of the National Social Safety Net Programme’s implementation (NASSP).
Under the NASSP initiative, a segment of the population deemed highly impoverished was enrolled to receive a monthly Conditional Cash Transfer of N5,000 from the federal government to assist in lifting them out of poverty.
Ibrahim Adamu, the Coordinator of the National Cash Transfer Office, who spoke to journalists during
According to the NASSP TPM Project Dissemination meeting in Abuja, the current register of conditional cash transfer beneficiaries includes 1,940,000 people.
He stated that beneficiary enrollment is still ongoing, and that the government hopes to reach the target of two million by the end of December.
“By the end of December, we could have two million beneficiaries.” “And this two million people translates to about ten million households,” Adamu said.
Concerning the states where beneficiaries have not been paid for two years, he stated that the funds earmarked for them were held up by the ICPC, but that the issue has been resolved.
In terms of the total amount paid to program beneficiaries, he stated that the “federal government has so far paid over $700 million since the program’s inception.”
According to Kabir Abdulahi, the Acting National Coordinator of NASSCO, one of the project’s greatest achievements is that “it has been able to provide succour to the less privileged that have nobody standing in for them but have government standing in for them.”
He stated that the poor and vulnerable in society always require the government to provide social safety nets to help them overcome the trials of poverty.
While presenting the report on the dissemination of the Year 2 Scorecard of Third-Party Monitoring (TPM) of the national safety net programme to stakeholders in Abuja on Tuesday, Ajia Ogugua Agagbo, Executive Director of the Centre for Health Education, Economic Rehabilitation, and Social Security (CHEERS), stated that there were areas where the program saw successes and where it saw shortcomings.
She stated that CHEERS led a team of nine other civil society organizations (CSOs) on monitoring and assessment visits to numerous rural communities across the country.
Agagbo, speaking on the results of the Year Two monitoring in 18 states, stated that many of the participants were pleased with the enrolment method used by NASSP in selecting beneficiaries.
Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Delta, Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe, FCT, Imo, Abia, Akwa Ibom, and Borno were among the states monitored
According to her findings, the national compliance level for household identification and numbering was 91.6 percent.
Concerning critics’ claims that the program’s impact is not reaching the actual poor and indigent Nigerians as advertised, Agagbo stated that the monitoring team was able to meet with many of the beneficiaries, who confirmed that they have been receiving the N5,000 monthly payment.
However, Agagbo stated that of the 119,699 beneficiaries sampled during the second year monitoring cycle, 56,244 (47%) received their stipends, while 63,425 (53%)
She stated that the reasons given for the non-payment of cash to beneficiaries were due to logistical difficulties.
Abdullahi Mohammed, a member of the World Bank team, stated during his assessment of the implementation of the safety net program that a lot of improvement has been achieved in terms of efficiency and accountability due to regular monitoring by CSO groups led by the Centre for Health Education, Economic Rehabilitation, and Social Security.