COVID-19 The Abia State Social Investment Programme has disclosed that the Federal Government released 93.47 million Naira through the Abia State Cash Transfer Unit to pay about 10,000 benefitting Households in the state.
This is after the initial payment of 540 million Naira paid out last year to the same benefiting households.
However, a press release signed by Godwin Okeagu from Abia SIP Office and made on Tuesday in Umuahia said the payment would be flagged off on Monday, January 25th, 2021, in one of the benefiting Local Government Areas.
According to Abia State SIP, “We thank the President for sustaining this program that has improved the livelihood of the poor and vulnerable members of society. We sincerely commend Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for putting up strong structures to implement the initiatives seamlessly in the State. Abia State Cash Transfer Unit, a component of the Abia State Social Investment Programme, is one of the most efficiently run Cash Transfer Units.
Under the headship of Mr. Okeziem Nwoko, the state cash transfer unit has been most resourceful in managing the program in the state”.
Meanwhile, all arrangements are in top gear by the State Focal Person for FG Social Investment Programme, Chinenye Nwaogu, to ensure that all the seventeen (17)Local Government Areas in the State begin to benefit from the program.
While appreciating the Federal Government and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, the State Focal Person, Chinenye Nwaogu, maintained that Abia has always been in the lead among states’ comity in implementing the National Social Investment program, which has been injecting over 800 million monthly into the economy of the state.
He enjoined all stakeholders who have roles to play in implementing the program to put more effort into ensuring Abians maximize the benefits the program offers.
Nwaogu, who is also the Senior Special Assistant to Abia State Governor on Youth Development, opined that the mandate the Governor has given the Abia SIP office is that no stone should be left unturned to ensure Abia leverages on all the opportunities available through the National Social Investment Programme a mandate he said they have lived up to creditably.
The SIP Focal Person further thanked the Wife of Governor Deaconess Nkechi Ikpeazu for always playing a vital role in ensuring the huge success witnessed in the state from the Social Investment Programme.