Group targets 50,000 FCT homes for food, cash donation
By Ben Adoga
The World Food Programme, WFP, a unit of the UN recently commenced its food and cash distributions to households in the FCT. The group is targeting 50,000 households to benefit from the largesse in the FCT.
This disclosure was made by the WFP country director, Paul Howe, when WFP started the programme with symbolic presentation of food items and cash to select families in Karon Majigi community in the Abuja Municipal Area Council of the FCT.
Karon Majigi is a classic example of squalor in the FCT. According to the country director, their aim is to reach the poorest of the poor in the society.
The programme had selected poor communities in four out of the six area councils of the FCT to benefit.
The benefiting area councils, apart from AMAC include Bwari, Kwali and Gwagwalada.
Speaking to journalists after a symbolic presentation, Howe lamented the deplorable living condition of the beneficiaries, ascribing it to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. He then disclosed that 1 million dollars was budgeted for the programme in FCT alone.
According to Howe: “Cash transfer stimulates trade and economy. All the people registered and identified as vulnerable will go into national social registry so that they can be included for the distribution in the future.”
“We will enrol people who don’t have bank accounts for this initiative, to enable the programme transfer money to them.”
Commending the efforts of the WFP and the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development for bringing succour to the less privileged people of the FCT, the Sa’ Peyi of Garki, Usman Nda Kupi appealed for investments in communities in order to create jobs for the youths.
The cash amount to each household was not disclosed, while the food items distributed included bags of rice, millet, guinea corn and maize.
Prior to the commencement of the programme, the same team visited the chief of Karon Majigi, Alhaji Usman Dagogo.
The occasion attracted a large number of community women, children and men who were full of joy and praise for the WFP as they sang in appreciation.