SAN FRANCISCO, November 11, (THEWILL) – The Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme of the office of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in Borno State, aimed at tackling acute poverty, has already captured 2,025 persons.
Disclosing this Tuesday at an Entrepreneurship Training Programme in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, the state MDG-CCT Focal Person, Mr. Stephen Pakshar, said the beneficiaries were carefully selected from five Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
Pakshar said each beneficiary got N5,000 monthly as cash transfer for 12 months, stressing :“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.”
According to him, “The scheme is meant for poor people within the community, so it is a way of alleviating poverty, 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”.
Speaking at the occasion, the 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.”
Kale said “Countries like United States, China, Brazil, among others, have attained sustained economic growth through small scale industries.”
Disclosing that his company had successfully trained about 300 youths from Borno and Yobe States under the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Nigeria (SMEDAN), Kale implored the beneficiaries to take the lessons learnt at the training seriously to help them become self- employed.