Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Farouq, says the federal has begun cash transfer to the poorest households within the country to cushion the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Farouq announced this at a news conference in Abuja.
She said her ministry has commenced advance payment of conditional cash transfer to the poorest households within the country.
She however didn’t disclose the quantity of money that’s being transferred to the poor.
“In Mr. President’s speech, paragraph 54, he directed that the conditional cash transfer should tend beforehand of two months. This we’ve also done. we’ve directed immediate cash transfer to the poorest and most vulnerable households within the country.“Because of this COVID-19, the vulnerable groups need to expanded, because we are aware that there are people that survive daily wage, so we also are getting to check out those groups of individuals to ascertain how we will get this food relief intervention to them during this period,” she said.
Lagos and Abuja are currently on lock-down as a part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus. As of this morning, Nigeria has 131 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.