In a move to handle the Covid-19 situation in Nigeria, the Federal government has announced that the N20,000 palliative from the Federal Government to cushion the economic impact of the lockdown in some states, is available only to one million Nigerian families.
In an interview with Guardian, the National Coordinator of the National Social Safety-Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO), Lonwa Apera, said the National Transfer cash Office (NCTO) had over the years, worked with various state governors to develop the National Social Register (NSR) of poor and vulnerable people, across all 36 states besides Ogun State.
He stated that the cash transfer that was kicked off by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs was for existing beneficiaries of this NSR programme, and not for every Nigerian. He said more names would be captured for the news payments which would be in May.
This is the follow up of the announcement, made by President BMuhammadu Buhari on March 29th after he gave the executive order for a lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja. He further announced that as part of efforts to cushion the effect of the economic impact of the lockdown, N20,000 be paid to vulnerable households through the social investment scheme, which the Ministry Humanitarian Affairs appears to be strictly adhering to.