Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has disclosed that the Federal government is paying N20,000 each to 5,000 households in Abuja to help them cope with any difficulty the Coronavirus pandemic might bring.
Sadiya who disclosed that the initiative was under the ministry’s Conditional Cash Transfer programme, stated that each household would receive N20,000 every four months beginning from March.
She also revealed that beneficiaries are entitled to N5,000 every month.
Sadiya Farouq said;
“The CCT is for poor and vulnerable households in the country. Beneficiaries are entitled to N5,000 every month. Today’s payment of N20,000 to each beneficiary is for four mouths. It is going to happen all over the country, but we are starting with FCT, Lagos and Ogun. These are the frontline states. Other states will follow.”
“With the current pandemic and circumstances on ground, this amount will go a long way to support the families in their daily lives. Today, we are giving out N20,000 each to about 190 beneficiaries in Kwali Area Council. The total number of beneficiaries in FCT is 5,000.”
Also, the Minister who addressed newsmen after disbursing money to some households in Kwali area council of Abuja, said over one million Nigerians located in 34 states will be benefitting from this initiative.
Mr Ayede the programme’s spokesperson said;
“The federal government has not paid the beneficiaries from January till March, but following the president’s order on Sunday, the ministry decided to pay in April in view of the lockdown directives.”