From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
A Group, African Network for Environment and Economic Justice ANEEJ has said that more than 967,545 households in 29 states in Nigeria have enrolled in the National Cash Transfer Programme to benefit from basic monthly cash transfers of N5,000 from the Abacha funds.
The Executive Director of the Group, Rev. David Ugolor disclosed this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
According to him, the National Cash Transfer Programme is a proof of the success of anti-corruption fight, Saying the use of recovered assets to fund pro-poor projects had also improved the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
Ugolor advised that there is need to sustain and augment the project as Nigeria continued to address corruption.
“As we mark World Anti-corruption Day 2019, it is important to take stock of global and national anti-corruption initiatives over the last year to enable us understand where there has been progress to document lessons learned.
“It is evident that the use of the recovered Abacha loot to fund the national cash transfers programme for the benefit of poor Nigerians provides a significant model for both anti-corruption and development effort going forward,” he said.
He said that the group’s monitoring reached 24 per cent of the paid beneficiaries in 20 states who were actually receiving these funds.
Ugolor said the group went around with development partners, the media and other stakeholders, to engage with beneficiaries of the programme and it was encouraging to see how the success of anti-corruption efforts is providing palpable benefits.
He said that the use of recovered assets to fund pro-poor programmes could contribute significantly to the effort of the government to eradicate poverty.