The Federal Goverment of Nigeria have made it clear that it has started the immediate cash transfer to poorest households in the country in a way to support them as the country try to battle coronavirus.
The Minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, identified as Sadiya Farouq, disclosed this via a press conference in Abuja.
Sadiya Farouq stated that her ministry has started advance payment of conditional cash transfer to the poorest households in the country.
The minister said ;
“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
Meanwhile, Lagos and Abuja are currently on lockdown as part of measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus. Early this morning, Nigeria’s confirmed cases of Covid-19 Rose to 131.