By Olimatou Coker
National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) together with the Department of Social Welfare and the Department of Community Development has on Thursday rolled out its final Nafa cash transfer in the Upper River Region.
The second phase marks the final cash transfer of the ”Nafa Quick” which started in September this year.
The Nafa Quick is under the social safety net project implemented by the government institution and supported by the World Bank.
The team started the cash distribution in Sereh Gubou village in URR.
Speaking, Ebrima Dibba, the monitoring and evaluation officer of NaNA, described the cash transfer process in Sereh Gubou as a smooth process.
“Actually, the process is going on very smoothly in Sereh Gubou, so far so good. We did not encounter any issue here today; the process is going on smoothly from the Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) to the registration and also the payment side; the process is very flexible here “.
He advised family households or individuals receiving the cash on behalf of their households to untilise cash effectively for the money is meant to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the households.
He stated that the individuals of each household has their priority needs, therefore the money given should be spent on those family needs in improving the nutritional status of their families amid the COVID-19.
Mr Dibba called on the general public to see Covid-19 as something real and is still in the country. “We should work very hard towards preventing ourselves and families at large by adhering to preventive measures by the Ministry of Health and WHO,” he said.
Mamadou Bah, a beneficiary and a native of Sarah Gubou, said the importance of the Nafa cash to him and his family cannot be overemphasized.
“I have three compounds here, all with family and I depend on farming to feed them and as I am speaking right now, my rice in the three compounds is finished. But I thank God that the Government and partners have come to our aid in such a trying time for us in the village. I can now use this money to buy rice for my three families, to take care of my children and give some money to my wives for any health emergency of the children,” he said.