The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has announced that it is set to adopt Cash Transfer Tool strategy to increase its scope for relief intervention to affected persons in Nigeria.
Mustapha Maihaja, director-general of NEMA, said this at the Cash Transfer Preparedness Programme for staff of the agency and the Nigerian Red Cross in Abuja, organised by the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC).
Represented by Mr. Kayode Fagbemi, Director, Relief and Rehabilitation of NEMA, Maihaja was quoted saying, “I have no doubt that this Cash Transfer Preparedness Programme is important, considering the complex nature of the relief management.”
Maihaja also said, the development would lead to a paradigm shift in the management of relief operations in Nigeria in order to give dignity to displaced persons, especially in the North-East Zone because the humanitarian situation in the country had become complex due to various emergencies that have occurred recently in Nigeria.
NEMA boss advocated for support of ICRC to ensure the development of guidelines for Cash Transfer Programming.
The training covered thematic areas of ascertaining pre-conditions for cash transfer, modalities of cash transfer, mechanisms, types of response of options, implementation process and practical scenario.
Cash transfer programme is a tool for cash transfer to support population affected by disaster to meet multiple needs in ways that maintain human dignity, provides access to food and shelter as well as help rebuild or protect livelihood.