The Nigeria government has begun the disbursement of N20,000 each to the poorest and most vulnerable households in the country to caution the economic crunch occasioned by the the coronavirus pandemic.
Personal Assistant on New Media to the President, Bashir Ahmaad, disclosed this on Wednesday, April 1, via his Twitter handle.
Ahmaad revealed that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq, commenced the disbursement at Kwali in Abuja.
“The Humanitarian Affairs Minister, Sadiya Farouq, has flagged off the disbursement of N20,000 Conditional Cash Transfer to the poorest Nigerians as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari,” he stated.
While fielding questions from journalists after the Joint Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja on Monday, Farouq had reportedly stated, “The president has directed that we start immediate payment of this cash to the poorest and vulnerable households in our country.
“Because of this coronavirus, the vulnerable groups have to be expanded because we are aware that there are people who live on daily wage and so we are also going to look at those groups of people, to see how we can take food to them.
“We are aware of residents of satellite communities around Lagos and Abuja whose livelihood will surely be affected by the lockdown. We shall deploy relief materials to ease their pains in the coming weeks.”
She said that National Emergency Management Agency trucks had been deployed to Lagos, Ogun and Abuja to commence distribution immediately.
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