29,214 households in Anambra to receive COVID-19 cash transfer for 6 months

At least 29,214 poor and vulnerable households across nine Local Government Areas in Anambra state have been selected to benefit from COVID-19 Rapid Response Register (RRR) Cash Transfer.

The State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, Hon. Mark Okoye, who disclosed this in a press conference, said the beneficiaries would receive an undisclosed amount of money through thier respective bank details for a period of six months.

Okoye, represented by a permanent secretary in the ministry, Dr Dan Ezeanwu, explained that RRR is a federal government intervention programme under Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in partnership with the World Bank.

“The selection is based on scientific method of Satellite Remote Sensing Technology, Machine Learning Algorithm and Big Data Analysis, which provided the basis for ranking the wards according to poverty index and availability of resources. This is followed by digital identification using the unstructurised supplementary service data link of TELCOMs facility by dailing a unique code to access the application portal,” he maintained.

According to him, qualified households from the benefitting Council Areas including Awka North, Anambra West, Ayamelum, Dunukofia, Ekwusigo, Onistha South, Ogbaru, Oyi and Orumba North, would start receiving short message services (SMS) for enrollment into the programme from May 21 to 31, 2021.

Earlier speaking, Engr. Bede Okoli, the State Coordinator, State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU), implored applicants to be quick to respond to the SMS as they come in so as to enable enumerators to meet them respectively at their residence for proper identification and documentations.