The minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Farouq, has stated that the Federal Government has begun cash transfer to the poorest households in the country.
Farouq announced this at a press conference in Abuja. She said her ministry had commenced the advance payment of conditional cash transfer to the poorest households in the country.
However, she did not disclose the amount of cash that was being transferred to the poor. She stated that this is being sent as an economic relief package to the citizens.
“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 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 says during the press brief.