Chief Edward Nkwegu, Chairman of the Special Works Programme (SWP), in Ebonyi
Chief Edward Nkwegu, Chairman of the Special Works Programme (SWP), in Ebonyi says that Federal Government (FG) will commence payment of monthly stipends of N30,000 to the beneficiaries in January 2021.
Nkwegu, also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) disclosed this on Wednesday in Abakaliki during a festival of Christmas Carols and Nine Lessons organised to mark the 2020 Christmas celebration .
He said that 13000 Ebonyi indigenes, one thousand each from the 13 local government areas of the state had enrolled in the programme.
He said that FG has released first tranche of 50 per cent of the fund to commence the payment and urged beneficiaries yet to undergo biometric captue to do so.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his people-oriented policies and programmes which he said were impacting positively on the masses.
Guests at the Christmas carol and Nine Lessons at Grand Arena, Abakaliki
He said that the agricultural programme of the Buhari led administration especially in rice production and other economic empowerment programmes were yielding positive result.
The APC chieftain commended Ebonyi people for their unalloyed support for Buhari; his programmes, policies and urged them not to relent.
“For the first time in Nigeria a government has recruited 774000 volunteers for a special works programme at the same time and Ebonyi happens to be one of the benefitting states.
“In Ebonyi, we selected one thousand persons per LGA and this has translated to 13000 beneficiaries and this is not business as usual.
“I want to inform you that 50 per cent of the fund has been released to the banks and the payment is going to start in January.
“I want also to inform those who have not done capturing to go and do so; there are still some people who have not gone to banks for their capturing.
“Ezza North LGA is the LG that has done almost 100 per cent capturing remaining just about three persons out of one thousand enrollees.
“Any LG which has upto one thousand of its volunteers captured will have N60 million going to the LG; and I think this is the highest Christmas any person can get.
“I want to urge all those who are yet to get captured to go and get captured,” Nkwegu said.
He urged christians to use the period of Christmas to reflect on the virtues of Jesus Christ whom he said examplified love and forgiveness.
“Christmas for me is time of reconciliation; it is a time of peace, of love, of brotherhood and it is also a time of forgiveness.
“The best Christmas gift you can give to those you feel that have wronged you is to reconcile with them and forgive them,” he added.
He said that the event was put together to show appreciation to God and also to celebrate with friends and well wishers.
He said: “Year 2020 has been a trying year for all us; from COVID-19 which came and we survived it to ENDSARS and we did not enter the cross fire, there were people who were not involved in the peotest but were hit by stray bullets.
“Just the other day I saw a young lady that bullet was removed from part of her scull; she was passing by when she got hit by stray bullet.
“Second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has just started and even economic recession and God has preserved our lives.
“With just few days away to end 2020, I feel there is need to invite my friends to celebrate the goodness of God in our lives,” he said.
Nkwegu further commended Gov. Dave Umahi for defecting to APC saying the great Zik of Africa, believed in the politics of the centre.