By Catherine Philip Jelani
The Focal Person of State Operations Coordinating Unit, Comondore Usman Sali Bodes in a remarks during the closing ceremony of the 2 Day Training workshop for the 6 Local Government Authorities thanked the officials of the National Cash Transfer Office for their time and commitment in delivering their assignment here in Yola successfully.
Again, he commended the efforts of the cash transfer facilitators for their time and patience. " I have to call upon you to judiciously use the opportunity and what you might have learnt from this training. Remember, some of you I believe genuinely opted to participate in this programme not because of the allowances or that you are going to get something additional to your salary, but because you want to boost your profile that is, your CV and your experience that you have participated in a National programme and it is that mind set that I will like you to continue to have, that you participating in a National programme and that you are doing it willingly and making a sacrifice for your community" says Bodes .
However, he urged them not to see it as an opportunity to enrich themselves, but rather an opportunity for them to serve their communities.
Bodes said that , "now that the National team has trained you, the bulk of the major responsibility is now on you, not on me, not on the Head of unit or state coordinator but you". He encouraged them to work effectively for the progress and desired objectives of the programme adding that the state and National offices will rely solely on their reports, evaluation, interaction with the communities.
Mrs Fxentirimam Ibrahim Jauro, the Gender officer who is one of the facilitators in her remarks had advised the cash transfer facilitators not to expect anything in return from their communities or the beneficiaries because they are all civil servant and most not try encourage the act but to rather see it as a responsibility to their community and the country.
More so, the Gender officer said that there are some hidches that they have observed and have take note of by both the participants and themselves during the cause of the training that need to be verified at the National level. She added that the cash transfer facilitators are more likely to come across more problems and they are expected to state their problems and challenges in their reports for the state and National offices to learn from.
On the other hand, a representative of the Cash Transfer Facilitators appreciated the efforts of government as well as that of the Work shop facilitators for the training. He assured the Focal Person of their readiness to work and ensures that this programme becomes successful.
Lastly, the Head of unit, cash Transfer Mr Joseph Zhegum advised that the cash
transfer facilitators should embrace the spirit of team work. He advised them not to go and make things worst in the lives of the rural dwellers but to ensure that the Federal Government project succeeds.