127,754 urban poor to get FG COVID-19 cash transfer in Kaduna

No fewer than 227,754 urban poor will benefit from Federal Government Expanded Cash Transfer Programme in Kaduna State, the Coordinator, Mrs Nina Dawong, has said.

Dawong told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Monday, that the beneficiaries would be captured in the COVID-19 Rapid Response Register (RRR).

She explained that the RRR was an intervention under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

She added that the intervention was to identify and document urban and semi-urban poor that have lost their source of income and became poorer from the harsh economic impact of COVID-19.

She further said that the RRR was being built nationwide by the National Social Safety-Nets Coordination Office as an expansion of the existing National Social Safety Nets Project, targeting non-traditional poor in urban and high-density locations.

According to her, individuals or households in the rapid response register will be paid N5000 monthly for at least six months to boost their consumption and help to build their resilience.

“Unlike the Conditional Cash Transfer where beneficiaries are selected from the Social Register of the poorest of the poor and receive monthly stipends for three years, the RRR targets urban poor and beneficiaries will receive stipends for only six months.