All You Need To Know About The National Cash Transfer Programme

All You Need To Know About The National Cash Transfer Programme

All You Need To Know About The National Cash Transfer Programme

1. Is National Cash Transfer Programme Household Uplifting Programme (HUP) ?

2. Will FG  Recommence Cash Transfer Payment To Beneficiaries On Aug 23?

The National Cash Transfer Programme also known as Household Uplifting Programme (HUP) is one of the 4 social investment programmes anchored by the Federal Government of Nigeria. The programme commenced in September, 2016.  It was conceived as part of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s (FGN) larger growth and social inclusion strategies aimed at addressing key social concerns in the country.

It is a component of National Social Safety Nets Project (NASSP) which is supported by the World Bank, to provide financial support to targeted poor and vulnerable Nigerian households.

The programme is focused on responding to deficiencies in capacity and lack of investment in human capital, especially amongst our poorest citizens. Beneficiaries of the programme are mined from the National Social Register (NSR), comprising State Social Registers (SR) of poor and vulnerable households. The SRs are being developed with the training, supervision and guidance from the National Social Safety Net Coordinating Office in Abuja.

The programme is designed to deliver timely and accessible cash transfers to beneficiary households and sets to support development objectives and priorities, to achieve specific outcomes as outlined below:

Improve household consumption.

Increase in utilization of health and nutrition services.

Improve school enrolment and attendance.

Improve environmental sanitation and management.

Encourage household financial and asset acquisition.

Engage beneficiaries in sustainable livelihood.

The programme has 3 components which are as follows:

Base Cash Transfer

Top-Up based on State selected conditions and

Livelihood support

 Overall Management Responsibilities for NCTO

Provide technical support and stakeholder engagement.

Facilitate beneficiaries’ enrolment and issue programme card to beneficiaries.

Support capacity building of states and LGAs to deliver training and sensitization by developing training materials and training of trainers.

Integrate the Payment Service Providers (PSPs) into the systems developed under NASSP (these are the NSR, MIS, and financial management (FM) systems).

Provide effective coordination for the payment system.

Provide technical and financial support to SCTUs and LGAs to carry out their responsibilities.

Conduct performance assessment, review and reporting.

Liaise with MDAs and Civil Societies Organizations to support delivery.

Provide framework for the co-responsibilities for state selection.

Facilitate beneficiaries training, coaching and mentoring.

Monitor the progress of activities at state levels to ensure conformity to plans and standards.

Provide grievance redress hub and ensure that grievances emerging from states are investigated and addressed.

Establish and implement system to minimize fraud, error and corruption

Engage and supervise payment service providers.

Disburse Cash Transfers to beneficiaries.


State Implementation

While NCTO’s mandate is to deliver the targeted cash transfer across the country, the actual implementation happens at the state level through the State Cash Transfer Unit (SCTU). SCTU manages and coordinates the targeted cash transfer and livelihood intervention. Each local government area establishes a cash transfer team to implement activities at the community level.

NCTO Structure

NCTO has overall management responsibility for the targeted cash transfers, including implementation of Federal-level activities and oversight of State-level implementation. NCTO is led by a Program Coordinator who is responsible for project management specifically linked to administration of the cash transfers and livelihoods interventions. This includes annual work plans, budget, training plans, procurement plans, M&E, grievances, technical support to states, and stakeholder engagement.

There are five main units under the Coordinator which are:


Management Information System (MIS)



and M&E.

Social Support

NCTO through the Household Uplifting Programme provides support for poor and vulnerable citizens through targeted cash transfers, capacity building, and coaching and mentoring and livelihood support.

Household Uplifting Programme

The Household Uplifting Programme (HUP) otherwise known as the Conditional Cash Transfer aims at responding to deficiencies in capacity and lack of investment in human capital of poor and vulnerable households.

Livelihood Support

The livelihood supports graduation of beneficiaries out of poverty, thereby making them financially independent. It is aimed at complementing the cash transfer to help targeted households to build a mind-set of enterprise development in order to reduce abject poverty …

Building Capacity

Capacity is built at all tiers to enhance empowerment of beneficiaries’ household to be self-reliant. Beneficiaries are trained on Life Skills (LS) and Savings and Group Mobilization (SGM) and Micro Business Plan Development (MBPD) to strengthen their capacity to be self-supporting …

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Making an Impact Across the Country

With State Cash Transfer Units (SCTUs) and Local Government Desk Offices (LGDOs) across the implementing states, NCTO is positioned to serve the poor and vulnerable better.



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With consistent activities such as enrollment, trainings and cash payouts, NCTO has reached thousands of households across different states in Nigeria.


Households Enrolled

37 States in Nigeria

FG to recommence  cash transfer payment to beneficiaries Aug 23

The National Cash Transfer Office(NCTO) under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is set to recommence payment of Conditional Cash Transfer to beneficiaries nationwide on Aug. 23.

The National Coordinator of the programme, Hajiya Halima Shehu, said this while speaking with State Focal Persons of the National Social Investment Programme who paid her a courtesy visit in Abuja on Friday.

Shehu said that the delay in payment was due to system strengthening process in the project to improve implementation and further enhance service delivery.

She said that it was also to ensure value for money, transparency and accountability.

Shehu further explained that the systems strengthening revolves around tweaking the payment modalities to respond to cashless realities, security concerns and digitization of the payment processes.

“ Thirty per cent of its operations have been digitised and will recommence payment to its beneficiaries next week,” she said.

The national coordinator noted that some states might not start receiving payment on Aug. 23 due to some challenges.

Shehu, however, said that efforts were in place to rectify the challenges.

Halima urged the State Focal Persons to continue to support the programme to enable the government of President Mahammadu Buhari achieve its set objectives of lifting 100 Nigerians out of poverty.

Responding, the Chairman of National Social Investment Programme(NSIP) State Focal Persons, Alhaji Bala  Chamo, while thanking the programme coordinator for granting them audience, congratulated Shehu on her new appointment.

By Ahmed Elrufai Idris

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