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700 benefit from NAPEP’s COPE programme in Enugu

By Tony Edike

ENUGU—THE National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP), yesterday flagged off its In Care of the People (COPE) programme in Enugu state, with the disbursement of N84,000 to each of the 700 households selected from 10 local government areas in the state to benefit from the first phase of the project.

National Coordinator of NAPEP, Dr. Magnus Kpakol, who disbursed the funds to the first batch of 55 beneficiaries from Enugu East Local government Area, explained that COPE, which is Nigeria’s version of a Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme, was designed to alleviate the hardship faced by a number of extreme poor in the country through  the provision of monthly grants in form of cash transfer to their households to be investment in human capital development.

He said that the conditions for participating households include school attendance for basic school aged children and the accessing of government free medicare for children under five years, adding that Enugu state was selected by NAPEP to be among the first 12 states in the country, to kick-start the implementation of the programme at its pilot phase last year.


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