CCT Program: Vulnerable Pensioners to Receive N25,000 Grants- Edu

By Mohammed Bello Doka

In a move aimed at providing support to vulnerable pensioners across the country, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation has announced the commencement of a new initiative. Starting next month, eligible members of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, as identified in the expanded National Social Register of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Scheme, will receive a grant of twenty-five thousand Naira.

This significant development was revealed by the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, during a meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) at Labour House in Abuja. The NLC, led by its President, Joe Ajaero, welcomed the news and expressed their gratitude for the government's commitment to addressing the needs of pensioners.

Dr. Edu emphasized that the decision to include vulnerable pensioners in the CCT scheme was a direct result of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's dedication to labor leaders and his promise to deliver on this important initiative. The President had made it clear that vulnerable pensioners should not be left behind and that their welfare should be a top priority.

The Conditional Cash Transfer program aims to alleviate poverty and provide financial support to those in need. By including vulnerable pensioners in this scheme, the government is ensuring that this marginalized group receives the assistance they require to meet their basic needs and improve their quality of life.

The grant of twenty-five thousand Naira will be disbursed on a monthly basis, starting from next month. This financial support will undoubtedly provide much-needed relief to pensioners who have struggled to make ends meet due to various economic challenges.

The expanded National Social Register, which serves as the basis for identifying eligible pensioners, is a comprehensive database that ensures transparency and accountability in the distribution of grants. By utilizing this register, the government can effectively target those who are most in need and ensure that the funds reach the intended beneficiaries.

The Minister concluded the meeting by expressing her commitment to the successful implementation of the program and her confidence in its ability to make a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable pensioners. She also commended the NLC for their continuous advocacy and support in championing the rights of workers and pensioners.

As the government takes this important step towards supporting vulnerable pensioners, it is hoped that this initiative will serve as a model for future programs aimed at improving the welfare of all citizens. By prioritizing the needs of the most vulnerable members of society, the government is demonstrating its commitment to creating a more inclusive and equitable nation.

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