Sadiya Farouq, Minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, has disclosed that the Federal government has begun cash transfer to the poorest households in the country to cushion the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The minister stated this at a press conference in Abuja.
She said her ministry has commenced advance payment of conditional cash transfer to the poorest households in the country. She however did not disclose the amount of cash that is being 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. As of Tuesday morning, Nigeria has 131 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.