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1755 Vulnerable Persons To Benefit from ANCSDA’s COVID-19 Recovery Stimulus Package in Anambra



The Anambra State Community and Social Development Agency (ANCSDA) has commenced enrollment of the beneficiaries of the Labour-intensive
Public Workfare (LIPW) program

About 1755 persons are set to benefit from the LIPW program across the 21 LGAs in the State.

AnambraDaily gathered that the LIPW is one of the components of Anambra State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (AN-CARES) Programme being implemented in the State by ANCSDA.

Nnamdi Onuzulike, ANCSDA’s Project-Information, Education, Communication and Training, said in a statement that objective of the initiative was to provide immediate employment opportunity in the social sector, address the emergency constraints of loss of labour-income among the poor and vulnerable households as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The General Manager ANCSDA Mr Chudi Mojekwu addressing the beneficiaries at the Orientation and Enrollment of Labour-intensive Public Workfare LIPW Beneficiaries from Njikoka and Idemmili North LGAs at the Abagana venue.

Speaking during an orientation program for the beneficiaries at Abagana, Njikoka Local Govt Area on June 22, the General Manager ANCSDA, Mr Chudi Mojekwu, explained that the scheme is targeted to enrol 1, 755 vulnerable, skilled and unskilled youths in Anambra.

Beneficiaries from Njikoka and Idemmili North LGAs at the Orientation and Enrollment of Labour-Intensive Public Workfare (LIPW) recently in Abagana, Njikoka LGA.

He stressed that the criteria for selection of beneficiaries were unemployed youth and women selected from the State Social Register (SSR) whose age must be between 18 and 45years and with education qualification of SSCE or below.

Address by the State Govt. through the Honourable Commissioner Economic Planning and Budget Mrs Chiamaka Nnake, ably represented by Mrs Maureen Agbala at the LIPW Orientation and Enrollment of beneficiaries event in Abagana

According to him, part of the duties of LIPW Beneficiaries is to diligently perform the assigned work at least 4 four hours daily and five days a week, work harmoniously with the leader and other members of the team to achieve the objective of the programme, to attend and actively participate in Life skill trainings on designated days and among others.

Data Capturing of Beneficiaries by the Payment Service Provider (PSP) which are bankers present at the event.

Mojekwu stressed that the program was part of the Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s promise to create job opportunities for the youths in the state.

He stressed that the programme as newly introduced has posed some challenges such as low motivation from targets beneficiaries.

He noted that there is Orientation ongoing to inform the people on what we intend to do and achieve.

In her address on-behalf of the State Government, the HC MEDP, Mrs Chiamaka Nnake, disclosed that the targets of LIPW in the State are unemployed and unskilled youths and women with education qualification of SSCE or below who according to her have lost Labour-income owing to the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic.

She informed that the LIPW is very well in line with the Transformation Agenda of Mr. Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo.

It is part of “Soludo Solution”, a Solution that is fundamentally focused on creating a prosperous future for the youths, empowering them to function and be productive.

The HC noted that since the primary needs of the youths are jobs, jobs and more jobs even if temporary, the Soludo administration is setting aside over Sixty-five million naira (N65, 000,000) as initial grants to be transferred to deserving youths and women under the LIPW.

In their seperate speeches, Mrs Orjiako Ekene from Ukpo, dunukofia local government area and Mrs Evelyn Nneke from Enu-Abomimmi Enugu ukwu thanked the governor for providing such opportunity for them at the community level. “I appreciate Soludo becuase we really suffered during the Covid, food was scare and we lost our jobs, even death of loved ones.

“I also give God the glory for this privilege given to us. I intend to make judicious use of the finance to ensure my family is taken care of”, Mrs Nneke, added.

Other highlights of the event were the orientation and enrollment of the LIPW Beneficiaries which involved the registration, and data-capturing by the Payment Service Providers (PSP) which is the paying bank for the LIPW.

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