The Federal Government has said that it pays the sum of N10 billion to one million beneficiaries every two months from the National Cash Transfer under its National Social Safety Nets Programme (NASSP).

NASSP was introduced to help address unemployment, improve the living conditions of extremely poor and vulnerable Nigerians, empower the people economically, encourage school enrolment, equip less educated people to be self-employed, build capacity and so on.

The National Coordinator, National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO) , Mr Apera Iorwa, said this at the NASSP Third-Party Project scorecard dissemination meeting on Monday, in Abuja, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

Iorwa said, “From the Federal Government cash transfer programme, each beneficiary got N5,000 monthly but because of logistics, we pay N10,000 every two months and we have paid about one million beneficiaries across the country.’

He said that they first started with 19 states from 2016 to 2017 and with the World Bank loan, subsequently moved to 24 states by 2018, adding that gradually the program had covered the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

He noted that the distribution depends on how the state governments are able to establish their social register in each of their states.

The NASSCO National Coordinator said, “We do this through the World Bank facility of 500 million dollars for five years. The Abacha repatriated loot of 325 million dollars was given to National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO). We have a total projection of 822 million dollars for over five years.’

Iorwa disclosed that there are 35.2 million individuals from 8. 2 million households in the social register in 36 states and FCT, with about 49% of them being female and 51%, male.

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