By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Ogun State Government has made it known that all efforts have been put in place to actualize the Federal Government Social Intervention Programmes of N5,000 (five thousand naira) stimulus package to the less privileged persons across the state.
This Prince Dapo Abiodun’s led Administration says is in agreement with her Committment to ameliorate the plight of its citizenry, especially the vulnerable and the less privileged in the state.
Gov Dapo Abiodun said this during a sensitization workshop on “National Social Safety Net Programme ” (NASSP), Agenda for Household Uplifting Programme (HUP) in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Represented by the state commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Barr.Femi Ogunbawo and accompanied by the Permanent Secretary designate in the ministry, Mr. Kehinde Onasanya, Gov. Abiodun expressed optimism that the Household Uplifting Programme (HUP) when fully implemented would give relief to the vulnerable groups in the society.
According him,in a press statement made available by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, the inability of the past administration to key into the HUP programme had deprived the state of its attendant benefits, adding that the passion of the present administration of Prince Dapo Abiodun for the less privileged , especially the vulnerable groups necessitated the move to re-engage the Memorandum of Understanding reached between the National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO) and the Ogun state government in 2016.
“When this new government came on board the governor was worried of this deprivation and instructed that we take all necessary steps to take advantage of the scheme, we expect that in some few weeks to come the state will start to benefit immensely”, he said.
Barrister Ogunbanwo expressed gratitude to the Governor for giving the Ministry the necessary backing to pursue the poverty amelioration programme.
He described the training as very necessary to clarify the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders in the implementation process.
Earlier in her remarks, the National Coordinator, conditional cash transfer, Dr.Temitope Shinkaiye said the scheme was designed to improve the livelihood of the poor in Nigeria and enhance the economy of states.
She added that the training was geared towards orientating the would-be personnel involved in the cash transfer on their roles and responsibilities and on how the programmes would be implemented.
She explained that the training would not only promote synergy among stakeholders at the State level but would also enable the focal person and the implementers to work in line with the stipulated guidelines.