By David Agabi
This disclosure was made by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouq, in Abuja in a chat with State House correspondents, as she spoke of the modalities being put in place for disbursements.
The minister maintained that her ministry intended to focus on the urban poor as it carries out President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive on the distribution of palliatives.
She stressed that apart from the fact that only those who have N5,000 and below in their bank accounts will get government palliatives, those who also top their phone with N100 and below will also benefit from it.
According to her, “We are also using the mobile networks to know people that top up the credit units for their phones with maybe N100 or less. Those are also 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.
Speaking further, Hajia Farouq said 25 per cent of the population will benefit for now, even though the scope may be expanded later.
“Let me also say that we have a standard. 25 per cent of the total population is what we will take out. It cannot go round but we are starting from somewhere. Around 25 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” she averred.