Reps demand plan for distribution of N1.1trn CCT from Betta Edu

Betta Edu

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu

By Femi Ogunshola

The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to invite the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu to come and explain how she planned to distribute N1.1 trillion budgeted as conditional cash transfer, CCT, to 15 million households to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government.

The invitation of Edu followed the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance by Rep. Abdulmaruf Adebayo (PDP-Osun) during plenary.

Presenting the motion, Adebayo said that the conditional cash transfer was an intervention by the Federal Government to cushion the effect of the removal of petrol subsidy on vulnerable Nigerians.

He said that the cash transfer was one of the 15 items in the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the government and the organised labour on Oct. 2.

He added that there had been negative feedback from Nigerians over the ways and manners palliatives were distributed to vulnerable Nigerians by government agencies in the past.

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He said items from international donor meant to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic were mismanaged.

He said the World Bank country representative; Mr Shubham Chaudhuri confirmed that cash transfers were widely applicable to reduce poverty.

He said the removal of fuel subsidy necessitated the introduction of various programmes, policies and intervention to alleviate and boost the economics of families and small businesses.

He said lawmakers at the National Assembly being closer to the people were meant to represent the interest and concerns of their constituents at the National level.

Adopting the motion, the House mandated the committee on constituency outreach and committee on poverty alleviation to invite the minister to the house.(NAN)

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