By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

Save the Children International (SCI) Nigeria, has advocated electronic cash transfer in the country to reduce operational cost.

Speaking at a Social Protection Awareness Training for SCI Nigeria Media Working group in Kaduna, the National Programme Manager of Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP), Kayode Ajumobi, said “the physical disbursement of cash also means that the government is spending more in running the whole programme.

He, however, insisted that that the electronic payment will be better for effectiveness of the Programme in the country.

“We believe that, payments to people’s accounts, will also be convenient for both the government and the beneficiaries. This means that, people will access the money when they want and use it effectively”.

He also urged the government to create awareness on its programme to ensure transparency and accountability.

Speaking on the CDGP, which is a social protection Programme under SCI, Ajimobi, said the Programme started in Zamfara and Jigawa states, targeting pregnant women and children aged 2, to promote nutrition consumption.

He said the second phase of the programme which will elapse in July, is aimed at strengthening social protection systems through; advocacy, capacity building, system strengthening and evidence based governance.

He charged the media to hold government to account through their reportage, and to always ensure that the country is on the right path.

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