By Franca Ofili
Beneficiaries of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) cash transfer in Benue, have commended the society for the gesture, saying it has helped relieved their hardship.
A cross section of those interviewed by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Ogbadibo, Benue, expressed happiness over the transfer.
Mrs Mary Attah, a widow in Ogbadibo community, said that life had been difficult for her as she was saddled with the responsibility of the upkeep of her children after the death of her husband.
Attah said that things had been very difficult for her and the children since the demise of her husband.
“I have little business I do but with this N30,000, I can increase my goods and make more profit.
“Life was very difficult, eating and feeding was a problem, my children could not go to school so with the cash, live will be beautiful for us.
“I thank the society for coming to my assistance, they did as promised, God bless them,’’ she said.
Mrs Blessing Ameh, a nursing mother, supported Attah’s claim, saying that the money would enable her start a charcoal business.
Ameh said that she would be able to feed her three months old child as well as take care of other family needs.
“Am very happy to be a beneficiary of the programme, this will go a long way in solving most of my problems,” she said.
Mr Tanko Odeh, a person living with disability thanked the society for the gesture saying that it would enable him start a shoe making business.
“I have been trying to start a business of my own, but I have not been successful due to lack of funds, but with the money, life would be better for me.
“I wish I could walk so that I can dance and show people how God has blessed me, please Father continue to bless these people,’’ he said.
Odeh urged other civil society organisations and philanthropists to emulate the gesture by finding ways of helping the needy in the county as such would reduce unemployment.
NAN reports that the society had said that 5,700 people would benefit from the cash transfer programme in seven states across the country.
Mr Antenyi Oloche, Disaster Management Officer, NRCS, said 100 pregnant and lactating mothers would get N10,000 each for 10 months, while 700 others would be given N30,500 for three months each. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)