The Zamfara Unit of the Federal Government Conditional Cash Transfer Programme has said that it will dismiss 10 facilitators in two local government areas in the state for extorting money from beneficiaries.
The Head of State Cash Transfer Unit, Alhaji Sani Marafa, stated this in Gusau on Saturday at a three-day step-down training for Local Government Facilitators of the programme.
Marafa said 10 facilitators of the programme from Kaura-Namoda and Tsafe LGAs were found extorting money from beneficiaries in areas assigned to them.
“They were caught conniving with the payment agents extorting money from beneficiaries.
“It is very disappointing, we are going to dismiss them from this work and any body found conniving with them will also be sanctioned,” Marafa said.
He also expressed dismay over alleged collection of N1000 and N2500 from beneficiaries by some officials, saying that his office will collaborate with security agents to investigate the issue.
He called on the beneficiaries not to give a kobo to anyone before accessing their monthly stipends of N5,000 from the federal government.
He cautioned that anybody found collecting money from beneficiaries of the programme will face the wrath of the law.
According to him, the federal government has so far disbursed over N5.6 billion to 131,000 beneficiaries across six LGAs in the state.