By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
The National Cash Transfer office under the Social investment (SIP) program of the Federal Government has described as unparalleled the commitment of Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar toward the programme.
National Coordinator of the Program, Dr. Tope Sinkaiye gave the vote of confidence in Bauchi at the opening ceremony of a 4 day step down training on savings and group mobilization for Local Government Cash transfer facilitators.
Dr. Sinkaiye said the objective of the training was to build the capacity of Local Government Cash Transfer Facilitators (LG CTF) in order to sensitize and create awareness to beneficiaries on the need to come together to form groups with the aim of saving their stipends in a collective pool.
Sinkaiye commended the passion and commitment of the Governor Abubakar, saying “He was the first and only Governor that supports the program with the purchase of brand new utility vehicles and other logistic needs for proper and effective implementation of the Cash transfer program in all the beneficiary communities”.
While assuring that the entire will soon be covered under the program, the coordinator also commended the effort of the State Focal Person of the program, staff of the state cash transfer unit and the Local government cash transfer facilitators for their doggedness in implementing the program in the state.
She told training participants, “You are champions in the effort of the Federal Government to reduce poverty in amongst the downtrodden, in addition to having a Governor that is pro poor inclined, you are lucky”.
The State SIP focal person, Alhaji Mansur Manu Soro has earlier in a welcome address said that beneficiaries of the cash transfer program were selected through scientific community based targeting process that is devoid of political or religious consideration.
The selection, according to him, clearly demonstrated the resolve of Governor Mohammed Abubakar to provide dividend of democracy to the entire citizens of the state with about 10,800 beneficiaries from selected Local Government Areas.
The training attracted 139 participants from the twelve selected Local Government Areas of the state.