By Bonita Onyeka, For Agenda Watchdog, April 14, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – For delaying the transfer of monies meant for Nigeria’s poorest in Bayelsa, Akwa-Ibom, Abia and Zamfara states, under the federal government’s Conditional Cash Transfer program, the contracts of two Payment Service Providers (PSP), which are contracted by the federal government to disburse cash to the country’s poor and vulnerable, have been summarily cancelled.
Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, made this known through a signed statement made public by Salisu Dambatta, her spokesperson. According to the minister, the contract termination was in line with the specifications of the World Bank, the provider of the funds. The minister warned that such delays would not be accepted from any PSP in the future.
President Muhammadu Buhari, during his Monday national broadcast, increased the number of households to benefit from the distribution of food and cash transfers by 1 million, from the initial 2.6 million, bringing the total number of Nigerian households captured in the National Social Register (NSR) to 3.6 million. He also gave the green light for the continuation of disbursements that had already kicked off in some parts of the country since last week.