By Isiyaku Ahmed
In response to efforts aimed at preventing the spread of covid-19 among beneficiaries of the National Conditional Cash Transfer Program (NCCTP), SERDEC-ANEEJ-MANTRA Project presented covid-19 preventive materials to the Kogi State Office in Lokoja, Kogi State.
Making the presentation, the Executive Director, Socio-Economic Research and Development Centre (SERDEC), Mr. Tijani Abdulkareem explained that the elderly and vulnerable beneficiaries are more likely to be exposed to covid-19 if measures are not put in place to protect them during payment process.
The MANTRA Project is supported by UK Aid is aimed at ensuring that the poorest of the poor households captured under the social investment program are been paid while holding government officials accountable throughout the disbursement process.
Receiving the items at the National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO) in Kogi, the State Coordinator Mrs. Rashidat Abdulrazaq expressed appreciation for the support and thanked the organisation for the partnership in ensuring that the vulnerable groups are taken into consideration. She also expressed gratitude for the constant monitoring of the payment processes and procedures by SERDEC, which she said, had encouraged the NCTO to be more effective in ensuring accountability in service delivery.
Mr. Tijani further appeal to the NCTO Officials to raise awareness on covid-19 among the beneficiaries, stressing that most of the beneficiaries from the rural communities are still ignorant of the threat of the pandemic, and it is critical to minimizing the social and economic impact of the virus in rural communities.