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FG Says Nigerians Who Recharge N100 Airtime And Have N5,000 Account Balance Will Get Cash From Them.



 Sadiya Umar, who is the Nigerian Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, says the federal government considers Nigerians who recharges N100 call credit as poor people and will ensure they get relief cash.

Sadiya Umar, who previously confirmed that the beneficiaries of N-Power were being paid their stipends, spoke in an interview with State House correspondents on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria quoted her as disclosing that urban poor dwellers with an account balance of N5,000 or less will be among the beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme in the country.

Farouq said the potential beneficiaries would be part of the extra one million households who has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in his national broadcast on Monday night.
“You are also aware that Mr President in his broadcast directed that we expand the beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer by one million. In this regard, we are going to focus more on the urban poor.
“These are people who depend on the informal sector to earn their livelihood. They are daily wage earners and these are people we are really going to focus more on as well as people living with disabilities,’’ she stated.
Farouq clarified it that, apart from the National Social Register, Bank BVN and earlier record of purchase of recharge cards by mobile phone owners formed part of criteria to spot Nigerians that will get the cash transfer.
“We are also using the mobile network, people that top up their phones with maybe N100, N200. These are the people we consider to be poor and vulnerable,’’ the minister added.
Nigerians have been accusing the methods of the federal government’s disbursement of cash and food stuffs.
Also, The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also criticized the President for his “failure to provide palliatives” to cushion the effect of the COVID19 pandemic in  the country.


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