Beneficiaries of the ongoing disbursement of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), tagged Owo Arugbo, have described the goodwill action of the present administration in the state as the first of its kind and second to none in the history of the state.
Recipients of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) component of the Kwara State Social Investment Programme (KWASSIP) on Monday praised the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq-led administration for fulfilling its promises to the vulnerable as the state flagged off the disbursement of non-refundable N6,000 once every two months in Patigi, with beneficiaries in other local governments slated to receive theirs as scheduled by the KWASSIP team.
They explained further that no administration in the past has mapped out a deliberate strategy to reach out to the poor and vulnerable directly as the Abdulrahman-led administration is doing.
One of the beneficiaries who spoke with newsmen, Mayaki Gudugi of Patigi Ward IV expressed gratitude over the gesture and promised that the money would be used judiciously.
“I am very grateful for this money given to me. I thank the government for this gesture,” he said.
Another beneficiary, Aishatu Madu of Patigi Ward III said that the stipend would help to improve the standard of living of her family.
Madu commended Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for the initiative, she said “The gesture would be the first from the state government in history.”
She noted that the beneficiaries would remain grateful to the governor for providing succour for the aged and vulnerable.
Alhaji Saadu Gomina from Lade Ward II, who also benefitted from the scheme urged the government to sustain the allowance in order to reduce poverty among the people of the state.
“I am here to collect N6000 from the state. The government is helping us with this money. I want the governor to continue to give us this money till he leaves office. God will bless him,” he told reporters.
Gomina, who was excited with the programme, promised to continue to support the administration in the state.
Also speaking, Mr Shehu Naibi, a beneficiary of trader money component owo isowo, said he would inject the money into his petty business.
Naibi, who received N10,000, hailed AbdulRazaq for the people-oriented programme.
“I am a Chemist from Patigi Ward II. I have collected N10,000 and this will help my business to grow. I appreciate the government. The government is doing well,” he said.
Owo Arugbo is one of the four components of the KWASSIP, which has been designed to support poor and vulnerable families, petty traders, and young people at various levels. At least 10,000 adults have been captured for the first phase of the anti-poverty measure.
The KWASSIP team also disbursed N10,000 Owo Isowo, another people-oriented scheme designed for petty traders.
The AbdulRazaq 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.64