At least 50,000 vulnerable households in the Federal Capital Territory will be getting food and financial support from the United Nations, under its food assistance scheme of the World Food Programme.
Speaking to journalists after a symbolic presentation of food and cash donations to select households in the Karimon-Majigi community in AMAC, the Country Director of the World Food Programme, Paul Howe, said the programme is targeted at alleviating the condition of 50,000 vulnerable people across FCT.
While lamenting the poor living condition of beneficiaries occasioned by the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, Howe disclosed that $1million 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.”
The director disclosed that the World Food Programme targets 50,000 households with food and cash donations totalling $1Million in AMAC, Bwari, Kwali, and Gwagwalada.
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 Ngakupi, appealed for more investments in rural communities in order to create jobs for the youths.
The food items distributed includes 25kg bag each of rice, millet and guinea corn as well as cash donation to each of the households.
The World Food Programme had, last Friday, flagged off its cash and food distribution programme in Karimon-Majigi. The programme will be extended to AMAC, Bwari, Kwali, and Gwagwalada area councils as part of its effort of lessening the financial burden of vulnerable persons across FCT