The Federal Government Special Intervention Scheme as a result of economic shocks of COVID-19 will benefit about 1,732 Bayelsans.
The Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr.. Akpoebi Alamieyeseigha disclosed this during interaction with journalists in his office in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.
Alamieyeseigha said the programme, which is being supervised by his ministry, is in line with the prosperity agenda of the Senator Douye Diri led government to better the lives of the people of Bayelsa state.
He explained that the beneficiaries were drawn from the Bayelsa state Social Register of Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) which is a subject of the National Social Register (NSR).
The commissioner further said that out of the 1,732 beneficiaries, 366 are persons living with disabilities, while 1,366 are persons who have attained the age of sixty years and above.
He appealed to beneficiaries of the programme to avail themselves for the validation exercise in the communities and assured those in the Social Register to exercise patience as other interventions Programmes would still mine from the register.
Also speaking, the coordinator of State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU), Felix Asingbi said the process of establishing the Social Register is ongoing in all communities in the state and requested community members who are eligible to get registered for the programme.