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FG: Nigerians who recharge their phones with more than N100 won’t get palliatives

FG: Nigerians who recharge their phones with more than N100 won’t get palliatives
April 16
12:47 2020
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The federal government says it will exclude Nigerians with more than N5,000 bank balance and those who spend more than N100 on recharge cards from palliatives.

On March 30, President Muhammadu Buhari announced a lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital territory (FCT) for a period of 14 days. The president later extended the lockdown by another two weeks to further check the spread of COVID-19.

Buhari had announced that the federal government would provide palliatives to support Nigerians while they stay at home.

But addressing journalists in Abuja, Sadiya Umar Farouk, minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, said the ministry would use the social register to identify poor Nigerians in need of palliatives.

“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 percent of the total population is what we will take out. It cannot go round everywhere, but we are starting from somewhere. Twenty five percent 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.”

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  1. Stoane
    Stoane April 16, 20:19

    Madam how about those who don’t even have a phone, a bank account, and never appeared in your national social register….the area boys who now see themselves as outcasts leaving with no other choice than to maim and victimize others to make a lockdown livelihood. This situation presents the greatest opportunity to reset and get Nigeria on the right footing.

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  2. Sanyoma
    Sanyoma April 17, 07:12

    Does madam have a register for the mentally retarded adults in the country. They are voiceless because they don’t read or write not do they hang around in the streets begging for alms, yet they need all the basic necessities of life to survive.Have they been considered in the scheme of things? Be reminded that they are unemployable and are not empowered to be self sufficient. How are you considering them in the present scheme of things?

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  3. Clem
    Clem April 17, 12:31

    Madam, Lagos State is not the only state that need intervention fund biko.we here in Port Harcourt and other state capital also need it. There should be equality and fairness. Please rethink before carrying out the measure. Remember the tax payers money do not come only from Lagos.

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  4. Dankaka
    Dankaka April 17, 15:32

    Hello hajia why FG always favor Legos state, what about people that doesn’t have bank account and mobile phones, the north west need be considere because they have high rate of poor people expecially kaduna state, we’re luckdown almost a month,

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