By Osman Moyo – Mana.

Following challenges experienced during the first phase of the Climate Smart Enhanced Public Works Programme (CSEPWP), the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Thursday oriented Nkhata-Bay District Environmental Sub Committee (DESC) on the programmes standards to be followed during the second phase.

One of the officials from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Jonathan Mwale, said enrolment irregularities resulted into other participants not getting their wages for not being recorded into the payment system.

Mwale clarified that only ultra-poor households with available manpower and registered in the Universal Beneficiary Registry (UBR) system are eligible for the programme and that no one outside the UBR should be enrolled.

“A participant should also have national identification card because it is used during payment parades and the payment system will soon be electronic and identity cards will also be paramount for one to access payment,” said Mwale.

Further, Mwale emphasised on the need for full participation which calls for recruiting participants within a five Kilometre radius from the working spot.

CSEPWP District Liaison Officer for Nkhata Bay, Edward Ngwemba, said the orientation will help iron out issues of inclusion and exclusion which saw ineligible participants being enrolled on the expense of the eligible ones.

The programme which aims at restoring the environment is being implemented by National Local governance finance committee (NLGFC) with funding from the World Bank.


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