Abuja - The office of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Borno State said 2 025 persons had benefitted from its Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme, which is aimed at tackling acute poverty in the region.
State Focal Person, Stephen Pakshar, disclosed this during an Entrepreneurship Training Program in Maiduguri.
He said beneficiaries were carefully selected from five Local Government Areas (LGAs) and each beneficiary was paid N5 000 monthly as cash transfer for 12 months under the scheme.
“We have so far captured a total of 2 025 members of household in five LGAs in the CCT scheme in Borno. The LGAs are - Kaga, Magumeri, Ngazai, Gubio and Guzamala,” said Pakshar.
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Pakshar explained that the scheme was meant for poor people within the community as a way of alleviating poverty and to bring them out of inter-generation poverty that has relegated most people in the country.
“We call it Conditional Transfer because we transfer cash to individuals based on conditions.”
Chairman of the Kalef Ventures, organizers of the training, Alhaji Abba Kale said Entrepreneurship training is the first step towards attaining self-employment through Small Scale Industries in any country today.
“Countries like United States, China, and Brazil among others have attained sustained economic growth through small scale industries,” he said.
Kale added that his company had successfully trained about 300 youths from Borno and Yobe under the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Nigeria (SMEDAN).
He urged the beneficiaries to take seriously the lessons at the training so that can be self-employed.
– CAJ News