The Edo State government says a total of 102,650 persons in 1,969 communities across the 18 local government areas of the state are to benefit from the second phase of Renewed Hope Cash Transfer of the Federal Government.
Yuwa Aladeselu, the general manager, the Social Investment Programme (SIP) in the state, disclosed this at a one-day refresher training of local government cash transfer facilitators in Benin City.
Aladeselu said the Renewed Hope Cash Transfer was under the National Social Safety Nets Project Scale Up (NASSP-SU).
The Edo State SIP boss, who said the Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki was interested in any intervention that helps or provides succour for the poor and vulnerable, noted that the state has a social register of over 1.6 million persons.
She added that about 314,000 households were captured in the register which also includes persons living with disability, among others.
Earlier, in her remarks, Flora Bossey, head of unit, the Edo State Cash Transfer Unit, said over 12,108 beneficiaries were enrolled and paid during the first phase of the implementation of the programme in the state in 2022.
Bossey disclosed that a total of 40,647 beneficiaries have been paid N25,000 across the 18 local government areas in the state including those who have bank accounts that were drawn from both the NSR and RRR.
She said the cash transfer was in line with the vision of the Federal Government to provide 15 million poor and vulnerable Nigerians under the Expanded National Social Safety Nets Programme Scale-Up.
She said the Expanded National Social Safety Nets Programme Scale-Up was designed to support new beneficiaries for Economic Shock Response Cash Transfer in Urban areas.