As part of its effort to alleviate poverty in the state, the Kwara State government began the disbursement of the promised Owo Arugbo today in Patigi Local Government Area in Northern part of the state.
Earlier last week, the state government promised, in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, to begin the disbursement of funds to beneficiaries of ‘Owo Arugbo,’ the conditional cash transfer (CCT) component of the Kwara State Social Investment Programme.
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has announced that the scheme is targeted at giving succour to indigent and vulnerable adults of 60 years and above in the state has being inaugurated today in Patigi Local Government Area.
The governor, this afternoon, made this announcement on his Twitter handle, @RealAARahman.
He wrote: “We have commenced the disbursement of Owo Arugbo (KWCCT) to 10,000 senior and vulnerable citizens in Kwara, starting from Patigi. This is an unprecedented institutionalised anti-poverty initiative in our state.
“We will continue to do all we can to put smiles on the faces of our people, young and old.”
The administration had in May this year released the sum of N300m to fund the state’s social investment programmes targeted at the poorest of the poor, including the aged, the widow, and others at the lowest wrung of the economy.
According to the governor’s CPS last week, no fewer than 10,000 persons have been captured to receive funds under this initiative.301