THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA –
More details have emerged on how the federal government (FG) of Nigeria determined the beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) who are now receiving the ₦5,000 monthly stipends across the 9 pilot states.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in the Office of the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande obtained by The Newsghost’s team, the nine states are Bauchi, Borno, Cross Rivers, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Osun and Oyo.
Giving an update on the progress of Buhari administration’s Social Investment Programmes (SIP) over the weekend, Akande explained how the Community-Based Targeting (CBT) model of the World Bank was used two years ago to identify most of the beneficiaries in the pilot states, as the World Bank is also an active agent in the entire process. But he added that the data collected belongs to Nigeria.
According to Akande, ‘there is no way anyone can describe the selection of the beneficiaries of the CCT as partisan as the beneficiaries from eight of the nine pilot States were picked even before this administration came into office.’
‘First, the officials at Federal level, working with the State officials, identify the poorest Local Government Areas (LGA), using an existing poverty map for the state, then the LGA officials identify the poorest communities in the LGAs and we send our teams there.’
Akande explained further that in 8 of the nine pilot States, this process had taken place at least 2 years ago under a programme supported by the World Bank under an agreement entered into directly with the state governments, on the YESSO project. The ninth state is Borno, which was added because of the IDP situation, with the list of the beneficiaries that has been verified by SEMA.
‘This is an entirely fair and transparent process and short of mischief, there is no way you can describe this process as partisan. The President is President of the entire country and the SIPs are for all Nigerians as the case may be.’