The Zamfara Unit of the Federal Government Conditional Cash Transfer Programme has noted that 10 facilitators in two local government areas in the state would be dismissed for extorting money from beneficiaries.
This was stated by the Head of State Cash Transfer Unit, Alhaji Sani Marafa, in Gusau, Zamfara on Saturday at a three-day step-down training for Local Government Facilitators of the programme.
Marafa went on to say that 10 facilitators of the programme from Kaura-Namoda and Tsafe LGAs were found to 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 went on to dismay over the alleged collection of N1000 and N2500 from beneficiaries by some officials, saying that his office will collaborate with security agents to investigate the issue.
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Marafa 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 law’s wrath.
According to him, the federal government has so far disbursed over N5.6 billion to 131,000 beneficiaries.