As part of efforts to alleviate the effects of President Muhammadu Buhari’s lockdown order, as part of ongoing efforts to check the spread of COVID-19, the Federal Government has kicked off N20, 000 conditional cash disbursements to indigent poor households in the Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
This was made known by the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadia Umar-Farouk, on Wednesday while launching-off the disbursement.
She said that the Federal Government was giving out N20,000 per person for the next four months starting from March 2020.
The minister added that President Buhari directed, during his address on COVID-19, that the disbursements should be given in advance of two months.
According to the minister, “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 expand, 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.”
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Sarah Gadaga, from Nasarawa State, while showing her appreciation, said, “I just received N20,000 from the federal government, under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. Under the Conditional Cash Transport programme, we are paid N5,000 per month. Since this year, we were unable to receive any stipend for reasons the ministry explained to us. However, the N20,000 covers the months of January, February, March and this April.
“I have three children, so the money will be of great help to my family, especially at this period of staying at home because of the Coronavirus pandemic. I will also use part of the money to support my petty business once this pandemic is over. I am grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for this intervention. He has just saved many lives”.
*** Franca Joseph