The state commissioner for special duties and millennium development goals, Queen Victoria Ikechukwu at a media briefing over the weekend disclosed that the CCT programme was a partnership programme between the state and federal government, adding that the programme was aimed at providing grants to extremely poor households so that they could keep their children and wards of basic school age in school.
While saying that the programme was designed to increase enrolment rate in school and access to healthcare services, the commissioner noted that the scheme was targeted at extremely poor households which have children between age 0 to 15, pregnant women and the vulnerable.
The commissioner further disclosed that the CCT programme was a social safety net being implemented in 24 states.
She said that Delta State had 2,250 households from five local government areas earmarked for the programme including 50 Eku ex-lepers identified and registered for the scheme, using the MDGs poverty index.
The commissioner listed the five councils for the CCT scheme to include Udu, Ukwani, Oshimili South, Okpe, and Warri South West, adding that it was evidence of government’s commitment to improve lives of the poor in the society.
She said, “This initiative is aimed at goal one, reducing extreme poverty by half before 2015, achieving human capital development, one of the three point agenda of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.”