The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq has disclosed that the federal government of Nigeria is set to distribute N729 billion among 24.3 million poor Nigerians.
According to Mrs Sadiya Farouq, the Nigerian government has identified about 24.3 million poor and vulnerable Nigerians at the end of 2020.
She made this disclosure at the inauguration of the federal government’s emergency intervention database for the urban poor. Speaking at the event, the Minister indicated that each of the beneficiaries would get N5,000 each for a period of six months.
Adding up to the minister’s claims of the government’s yet to be rolled out relief policy, a statement issued in Abuja by the minister’s aide, Nneka Anibeze, said the intervention would serve as a cushion for those further impoverished by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“According to records, about 24.3 million poor and vulnerable individuals were identified at the end of 2020 and registered into the National Social Register. Each beneficiary will receive N5,000 for a period of six months,” the statement in part reads