The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Farouq, has stated that the Federal Government has begun cash transfer to the some of the poorest homes in the country to help stem and keep them afloat due to the Economic Impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Minister announced this at a press conference in Abuja. Sadiya Farouq stated that her Ministry had commenced the advance payment of conditional cash transfer to the poorest households as cushion and support during this tough economic times, though the minister did not disclose how much is being paid or transferred to the poor.
“In Mr. President’s speech, paragraph 54, he directed that the conditional cash transfer should be given in advance of two months. This we have also done. We have directed immediate cash transfer to the poorest and most vulnerable households in the country.
“Because of this COVID-19, the vulnerable groups have to expanded, because we are aware that there are people who live on daily wage, so we are also going to look at those groups of people to see how we can get this food relief intervention to them in this period.” she said
Lagos and Abuja are currently on lockdown as part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus, with Ogun State to join by April 3rd. As of this morning, Nigeria has 135 confirmed cases of Coronavirus. Photo Credit: Getty