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Two million people’ll start receiving N20b monthly from June – FG

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The Federal Government says two million people will start receiving about N20bn from June this year as basic cash transfers and conditional cash transfers under the National Cash Transfer Programme.

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It was gathered that the Federal Government would pay the two million people N5,000 each under the basic cash transfer and an additional N5,000 under the conditional cash transfer. This implies that the government would be spending N20bn on the beneficiaries.

A March 2022 document on the strategic roadmap and activities of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Sunday, showed that the number of people receiving cash transfers from the government had been increasing.

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The report stated that in 2020, a total of 19 states were covered under the National Cash Transfer Programme, as this increased to 24 states in 2020 and moved up to 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory in 2022, covering 1.6 million people.

But the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, stated in the document that the number would increase further in June. Under the cash transfer scheme, the Federal Government supports poor and vulnerable households with cash on a monthly basis.

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“By June 2022 we would be paying two million people N5,000 basic cash transfer and an additional N5,000 on conditional cash transfers, which is conditioned on good health-seeking/behaviour, school retention, and good water and hygiene conditions in their environment/homes,” Farouq stated.

She explained that the ministry designed and piloted a shock-responsive social register, called the Rapid Response Register to capture urban poor informal workers, who were daily wage earners, working across towns and cities, and impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown.

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The minister said, “To date, of this one million targeted by the government, we have been able to pay the sum of N5000 to 850,000 beneficiaries digitally through the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System, where each account is carefully validated by the system before payment.

“150,000 will be paid by the end of April 2022. Each of these beneficiaries is receiving six months of support in cash.”

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Under the National Social Register, the ministry stated that 46 million persons in the 36 states and FCT, in 11 million households, had been registered as of 2022.

The ministry stated that the N-Power volunteer scheme provided temporary job opportunities for 498,602 graduates under Batches A and B, while 450,000 graduates under Batch C Stream 1 were also engaged.

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It added that 390,000 others were being onboarded for Batch C Stream 2, and that there was presidential approval to enroll additional one million beneficiaries.

It further stated in the document that 174 of the 1,850 mobile agents trained, kitted, and registered with the Central Bank of Nigeria – Shared Agents Network Expansion Facility for agency banking achieved a transaction volume of over N657m between January 1 and March 25, 2022.

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“The top 10 mobile money agents executed transactions totaling N300,095,545.06 and earned N1,852,499.00 between January and March 25, 2022,” the ministry stated.

The report indicated that 9.8 million pupils were being fed daily under the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, while 127,000 cooks had been engaged and 98 aggregators were supplying various protein products.

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The school feeding programme is one of the four clusters of the National Social Investment Programme which seeks to provide one free daily meal to pupils on the programme.

The NHGSFP is designed as a collaboration between the Federal Government and state governments. The Federal Government is responsible for the release of funds, guidelines, policies, and monitoring.

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The state carries out the day-to-day implementation including procurement of food items, and selection of cooks and vendors who prepare, cook, and serve the meals to the pupils.

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Actress Sikiratu Sindodo debunks new child rumour

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Nollywood actress, Tayo Odueke, also known as Sikiratu Sindodo, has debunked rumours about her welcoming a child.

The actress took to her Instagram page to address the rumour because she has been getting congratulatory messages and of course families attacking her for keeping her good news from them.

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Sikiratu said it’s not true and the account that posted it is a fake account. She said she was never pregnant recently so the news is utterly false.

According to her, a fake account with the name of another actress, Kemi Afolabi, had posted an edited picture of her (Sikiratu) with a baby.

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. also congratulated the actress for her newborn.

She said, “Only on Facebook tori olohun. Even my family members are angry I didn’t tell them I gave birth …….without being pregnant ….I was even given an Arabian baby (omolomo)

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“Disclaimer. After receiving numerous calls since 3days ago, I had no choice than to come out …I am in no way connected to this cute baby.”

 

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Singer Sina Rambo and his wife welcome baby girl (photos)

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Singer Sina Rambo and his wife welcome baby girl (photos)

Nigerian singer, Sina Adeleke popularly known as Sina Rambo, and his wife, Korth, have welcomed a baby girl.

 

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The excited new dad shared the news on his Instagram page this morning.

 

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Singer Sina Rambo and his wife welcome baby girl (photos)

 

Baby Lola is here!!! Join me and welcome our sweet lil ?Adelola Yohanna Marlyn Esther Adeleke. She is sooooo beautiful ” he wrote 

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Sina and Korth got married in October 2021. Congrats to them!

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APC’ll field right candidates in 2023 elections – Adamu

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THE National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Adamu, said on Sunday the party would field its best candidates in the 2023 general elections.

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The former Nasarawa State governor stated this during the screening of the APC governorship and National Assembly aspirants in Abuja.

Adamu, who was represented at the forum by the party’s Deputy National Chairman (North), Abubakar Kyari, urged the aspirants to comply with the party’s rules on the elections.

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He stressed that APC was fortunate to still be in control of 22 states in the country.

The chairman said: “Let me say categorically that we have been very fortunate as a party that we have produced the best. Today we control 22 states in Nigeria and we are just three senators shy of the two-thirds majority needed in the Senate. Also, we have almost two-thirds of the House of Representatives membership.

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“We recently had one senator who decamped into the APC from Sokoto and we are expecting another one from Oyo to officially cross the aisle to the APC.

“APC remains a strong and formidable party that is committed to producing the right candidates for the 2023 elections.”

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