Nigeria Government Begins Distribution Of ATM Cards To Beneficiaries Of Household Uplifting Programme
The Federal Government on Tuesday commenced the distribution of Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards to the beneficiaries of the Household Uplifting Programme in Kwara.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farooq, announced this through the National Cash Transfer Programme Coordinator, Hajia Halima Shehu.
The Head of Unit, Kwara State Cash Transfer Unit (KWSTU), Dr. Aminah Yahaya, who flagged off the distribution in Ilorin, explained that the exercise heralded the completion of the digitalization of the payment system.
Yahaya said there are 34,293 beneficiaries across the 16 local government areas of Kwara with Ilorin West used as the pilot scheme.
Newsmen report that there are 1,525 beneficiaries in the Ilorin West local government area of the state.
She apologized for the delay in the payment to the beneficiaries since October, adding the impeding issues had been resolved.
Yahaya explained that an account has been opened for all the beneficiaries and informed them that they have been sensitized on how to safeguard them.
She warned them not to disclose their card details to anyone either on phone or physically to avoid being scammed.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Salamatu AbdulRaheem, commended the federal government for its gesture, adding that the money has been of great help to her business.
Abdul-Raheem, who said she sells pap, revealed that she does contribute from the N10,000 bi-monthly payment and uses the remaining to feed the family and other expenses.
Another beneficiary, Madam Balqees Usman, described the intervention as a huge relief to her and their family.
“When I got the last one, it was like a long-awaited prayer answered,” Usman said.
On her part, Mrs. Nimota Muhammed said she reinvested the money in her patent medicine store business and it has always been of help.
NAN reports that there are 34,293 beneficiaries across the 16 local government areas of the state.