The team from the World Bank and Presidency who were in Abia for two days to access the State’s readiness to implement the conditional cash transfer programme targeting the poor and vulnerable has certified Abia ready to begin implementation of the programme.
The team led by Mrs Juaro of the National Cash Transfer Office who were received by the State Focal Person Social Investment, Mr. Chinenye Nwaogu expressed appreciation with the level of preparedness put in place for the success of the programme. The conditional cash transfer programme is part of the efforts to alleviate property in communities.
The team also met with the Commissioner and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Poverty Reduction, Chief Young Onyike and Rev Earnest Onyeukwu to brief them on the programme.
While interacting with the selected staff, Mrs Juaro encouraged them to reciprocate the confidence reposed in them by the state government through diligent and efficient service delivery. The Commissioner urged the staff to see the assignment as their contribution to uplifting the lives of the citizens of the State who are the ultimate beneficiaries of the programme.
Earlier in the year, the NASSCO team had inaugurated the State Coordinating Unit (SOCU) to mobilize the beneficiaries of the programme.
Abia has continued to lead others in implementation of the Social Investment Programmes, according to the State Focal Person, Mr. Nwaogu, who reiterated that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is poised to attract all programmes that will be of immense benefit to the people of Abia.
The team later inspected the fully equipped office at the State Secretariat already mapped out and furnished to serve as the State Cash Transfer Unit.
Abia Online was reliably informed that the National Cash Transfer project fund is part of the $322 Abacha loot which Abia State was not officially counted among the beneficiary States, but with a smart Governor like Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu it appears the table has turned round.