Kwara State Government on Monday disbursed funds to beneficiaries of ‘Owo Arugbo’, the conditional cash transfer (CCT) component of the Kwara State Social Investment Programme, in Patigi, Patigi Local government area of Kwara State
Disbursing the fund to the beneficiaries at the Palace of Etsu Patigi, Patigi Local government area of Kwara state of the scheme which is targeted at giving succour to indigent and vulnerable adults of 60 years and above in the state, the beneficiaries expressed delight calling on the government to sustain the programme as it affects lives positively.
“After an initial enumeration of a total of 17,941 potential beneficiaries, a rigorous screening process took place for transparency and quality assurance. The names generated were compared against the lists of beneficiaries of both the National Cash Transfer Program (NCTP) in Kwara and the Special Grant Transfer (SGT) programme under the Youth Employment and Social Support (YESSO) to be sure only those who have not benefited from either of the two make it to the list of Owo Arugbo,” the statement quoted the anchor of the programme Mohammed Brimah as saying.
“Elders everywhere deserve care and attention. Many become destitute and lose their lives to hunger, avoidable sickness and depression as a result of neglect. This administration seeks to guide against this within available resources,” it added.
“The sum of N6, 000 every two months bolsters the chances of an improved diet which results in greater life expectancy for many people. Unlike Owo Isowo, another people-oriented scheme under KWASSIP designed for petty traders, Owo Arugbo is totally free and non–refundable. It is a social safety net for the elderly and vulnerable. *Beneficiaries are spread across all* the 16 LGAs in line with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s vision to get dividends of governance to every doorstep.”
It would be recalled that the AbdulRazaq administration had in May this year released the sum of N300m to fund the state‘s social investment programmes targeted at the poorest of the poor, including the aged, the widow, and others at the lowest wrung of the economy.