The Federal Government has said Nigerians who have more than 5000 Naira in their bank account and who spends more than 100 Naira on recharge cards will be excluded from its palliatives.
It should be recalled the Federal Government had on March 30 ordered a total lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and the FCT for two weeks. The lockdown was however extended by another two weeks.
During the Presidential address announcing the lockdown, President Buhari had said the federal government will release and share palliatives to Nigerians.
However, TheCable reported that while addressing journalists in Abuja, the minister of humanitarians affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouk has said the ministry will use a social-register to help in identifying the poor Nigerians in need of the palliatives.
He said, “You are aware that the president in his broadcast of Monday, April 13, directed that we expand the beneficiaries of the conditional cash transfer by one million and in this regard, we are going to focus more now on the urban poor,” she said.
“These are people who depend on the informal sector to earn their livelihood; they are daily wage earners and these are the people that we are really going to focus on more as well as people living with disabilities.
“Well, we have three options. One, we are going to use the national social register that we already have. Two, we are also going to focus on the urban poor as I mentioned by using their verified BVN accounts to get them, that is, people that have an account balance of N5, 000 and below.
“We are also using the mobile networks, to know people that top up the credit units for their phones with maybe N100 or less. These are people that we consider to be poor and vulnerable. So, these are the three options that we are exploring and I am sure that by the time we get this data, we will be able to give this intervention.
“Let me also say that we have a standard. Twenty-five per cent of the total population is what we will take out. It cannot go round everywhere, but we are starting from somewhere. Twenty-five per cent of let’s say the location of Lagos State, for example, is what is going to benefit from this intervention that we are doing. Going forward, we might expand it but this is what is obtainable for now.”