By Umar Yusuf
YOLAâ€” Twelve of the 21 Local Government Areas in Adamawa State are to benefit from the â€œIn Care of the People (COPE) poverty alleviation programme of the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP).
Under the programme, 1,000 households in the selected council areas would benefit from the N72 million released by the Federal Government to the Adamawa State NAPEP office to implement the programme within one year.
The COPE programme which involves the provision of grants to targeted poor households is designed as an investment in human capital development.
Adamawa State Coordinator of NAPEP, Alhaji Abbas Fufore, who disclosed this at the launch of the first phase of the COPE/CCT programme in Yola yesterday, said it was targeted at poor female headed households; poor aged headed households and households headed by the physically-challenged or other vulnerable groups.
According to him, the first phase would commence with the payment of Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) to 500 households in 10 local government areas of the state.
He said the COPE programme consisted two main components the BIG and the Poverty Reduction Accelerator Investment (PRAI).