It was a huge testimonies to lucky beneficiaries of the second phase of cash transfer to the poorest of the poor in the 31 Local Government Areas on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.
The initiative was facilitated by a nongovernmental organization, Centre for Clinical Care and Clinical Research (CCCRN) in partnership with USAID has been launched.
The CEO and Chief of Party of CCCRN, Dr. Ayodotun Olutola, in his address, revealed that the second phase was meant to accommodate 1,067 beneficiaries in the state.
He said the “initiative is aimed at cushioning the effect of the economic difficulties in beneficiary households which have been aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Olutola revealed that the first phase of the programme covered 20 LGAS, and thanked USAID and the state government for assisting in expanding the scope of the project.
“The goal of the project is to ensure that Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) are cared for, and protected by their households, communities, local and state governments to reduce their vulnerability to HIV.
“In implementing the process, we are working closely with the Akwa Ibom State Government, the Host MDAs, and the local partners to ensure that the people of Akwa Ibom State receive health and social services, and contribute to achieving epidemic control of HIV”, Olotula said.
Wife of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, in her address, lauded CCCRN’s efforts in ameliorating the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the state.
Mrs. Emmanuel, who spoke through the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr. Ini Adiahkpan, said the NGO has overtime demonstrated love for the welfare of the state, and promised continued partnership with it.
She was conferred with an excellence award for championing the interest of women, children, elderly and the poor.
The governor’s wife dedicated it to vulnerable in the society.
Highpoint of the event was the official presentation of customized cheques to a cross section of beneficiaries.
Several testimonials from beneficiaries of the first phase of the programme also featured.
The event was also attended by USAID representatives, Local Government Council Chairmen across the state, health professionals and school children.