30th August, 2010
The National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) says it has disbursed a total of N72 million to support 500 poor families in Akwa Ibom in the last one year.
Dr. Okon Umoetuk, the state Coordinator of the programme, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo that the money was disbursed through the “In Care of the People” scheme, a special package of NAPEP.
He said each household got N3,000 or N5,000 monthly depending on its size.
“The beneficiaries of this grant do not have a defined means of livelihood; they do not have good living environment. They are the poorest of the poor in the village,” Umoetuk said.
The coordinator explained that the selection of the 500 households was done through the assistance of two non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the Foundation for Family Health and Education and Excellent Community Education Welfare Scheme.
“The two NGOs selected 250 families each for the programme,” he said, adding that the programme would also train some of the households in any line of business.Â Besides, a conditional cash transfer of N84,000 per trainee will be given at the end of the training to enable them to start business,” he said.
Umoetuk said the programme was solely funded by grants from the Federal Government and appealed to the Akwa Ibom Government to partner with the programme so as to flush outÂ poverty from the state.