By Ruth Orji
CASH Transfer office in partnership with Anambra State Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, last week, organized a two-day training on Grievance Redress Mechanism in Awka, Anambra State.
In his opening remarks, the Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, Mark Okoye, lauded Governor Obiano for creating an enabling environment for the programme.
He stated that Anambra State happens to be the first in the South east to kick off the cash transfer as well as the free school feeding programme while thanking the federal government for ensuring the programme cut across the country.
The commissioner, who was represented by SSA to the governor on Donor Agency, Chinwe Iwuchukwu, further said, it is so clear that this programme is non partisan, non political and it is transparent as long as the condition for partnership are met and the federal government fulfills their own promise”.
Commenting, National Programme Coordinator, Conditional Cash Transfer programme, Temitope Sinkaiye reiterates on the level of transparency involved in it. She mentioned that it gives no room for corruption as transparency has also been the watch word.
“This programme happens to be one of President Buhari’s social investment programme with four components, the programme is targeted at the poorest of the poor who are also vulnerable.
However, Mrs Sinkaiye high-lighted that the cash transfer is cash plus as beneficiaries capacity are built as soon as cash is received, so that it will help them engage in sustainable livelihood with a view of graduating them out of poverty.
Contributing, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development partners. Emeka Ohuoha, represented by Mrs Ngozi Alukwe commended the state and federal government, efforts made in easing off grievances in the society caused by poverty.
“Once everyone has something to take home everyday, grievances and the aggrieved will be a non issue and everyone will be happy”.
More so, three quarters are made available for complain which are local governments, state and federal grievance redress offices, while issues are usually resolved at the federal level.
“Grievance is so important because, it brings about accountability, responsiveness, stops corruption and instills confidence in beneficiaries.