Exceptional round of NOVISSI cash transfers launched in the Savannah region

Lomé (Togo), 22 February 2021 – The Togolese Government is embarking on a round of “NOVISSI” cash transfers for residents of the Savannah region of Togo i.e., prefectures of Cinkassé, Kpendjal, West Kpendjal, Oti, South Oti, Tandjouaré and Tône.

Following a local surge in COVID-19 cases, the Savannah region was cordoned off and placed under curfew from 27 January 2021. Thanks to widespread compliance and a drop in the number of cases in the area, the Government lifted these restrictive measures on 21 February 2021.

To support the most vulnerable individuals and families as economic activities resume in the region, the Government is launching a round of “NOVISSI” cash transfers on Monday 22 February 2021 for a period of two weeks.

Eligible residents of the above prefectures will benefit from a direct cash transfer of 6125 F CFA for women and 5250 F CFA for men.

As the localities in this region are predominantly rural, the financial aid will be granted to the entire adult population, excluding civil servants, persons registered with the National Social Security Fund and/or the Togolese Pension Fund.

The “NOVISSI” registration process remains unchanged. Applicants must have a valid voter’s ID card (issued after 2018), register by dialling *855# then selecting option 1 to ‘Register for the “NOVISSI” programme’. They then follow the prompts to complete registration.

“NOVISSI” is a 100% digital cash transfer programme launched on 8 April 2020 to provide relief funds via mobile money to informal sector workers at risk of losing their daily revenues because of restrictive public health measures taken by the state to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 580,000 people have so far benefited from the “NOVISSI” cash transfers, with nearly 11.9 billion F CFA (US $21 M) disbursed by the government.

The Government reminds the public to stay vigilant and protect themselves against possible attempts at identity theft or fraud by never giving their voter card or disclosing the NSF number on the card to third parties.

The Government also admonishes the public to comply strictly with anti-COVID public health measures in force across the country. Following the public health guidelines, social distancing, and voluntary isolation of suspected cases, remain the best weapons to stop the spread of COVID-19.

For more information visit: https://novissi.gouv.tg or call 855 toll-free.

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