26 February 2021 Julian Osamoto
Save the Children International SCI, has called for digitalization of the unconditional cash transfer program of the Federal Government to reduce operational cost and other bottlenecks.
Speaking during a Social Protection Awareness Training in Kaduna State, for SCI Nigeria Media Working group, the National Programme Manager of Child Development Grant Programme CDGP, a program under Save the Children, Mr Kayode Ajumobi, said the physical disbursement of cash to beneficiaries usually incures more expenses for the government in running the programme.
“About 30 million Nigerians are benefiting from the federal government Social Protection Initiative, national cash transfer scheme, carried out through the Child Development Grant Program CDGP aimed at supporting households to improve nutritional diet of mother and child to reduce poverty, develop human capital and promote social cohesion”
He explained that
the program which started in 2013 was divided into 3 phases with Zamfara and Jigawa as pilot states of the Program and had commenced the second phase of the program in States such as Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano and Zamfara to ensure greater coverage and strengthen the system”.
In her presentation, the Chairperson, Kaduna State Social Protection Accountability Coalition, Miss Jessica Bartholomew, said the
Kaduna State Government had signed into the social protection scheme.
She affirmed that
” 300 thousand beneficiaries have been enrolled into the cash transfer registry, we are working with Civil Society, Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning, among others to develop a State Social Protection bill. “
The Advocacy and Communication Specialist CDGP Adetokunbo Lawrence, who spoke on Child Safeguarding, advised people to avoid acts capable of harming any child’s prospect of a safe and healthy development in to adulthood.