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Cash Transfer: NGO disburses N2.5m to 250 HIV/AIDS patients in Nasarawa

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A Non-governmental Organization, NGO, Child Education and Community Development Initiative, CECDI, has disbursed N2.5million as unconditional cash transfer assistance to 250 HIV/AIDS patients drawn from Nasarawa, Keffi and Kokona Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

Briefing newsmen on Monday in Lafia, the state capital, the CECDI Programme Manager, Jonah Aboki, disclosed that each of the 250 beneficiaries received a cash payment of N10,000.

According to him, the organization has so far empowered more than 26,000 vulnerable HIV/AIDS households in the state.

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Mr Aboki said: “We identified 6,000 households in Doma; 10,000 in Lafia local government areas respectively. A total number of 10,005 households were identified in Kokona, Keffi and Nasarawa local government areas as well.

“We have also trained 50 persons on skills acquisitions. The participants were drawn from three local government areas and were equipped with start-up kits,” he disclosed.

He explained that the intervention cuts across the construction of blocks of classrooms, the supply of furniture and other essential needs of the schools and households of the persons identified with HIV/AIDs in the state.

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He added that the CECDI had also constructed clinics at Tudun Abu and Sarkin Noma villages of Keana Local Government Area, as well as Ohina Mada community of Doma Local Government Area as parts of its intervention.

According to the programme manager, the organization’s activities covered seven out of the 13 local governments of the state.

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