If you are expecting the federal government’s COVID-19 palliative and you have more than N5, 000 in your account, you may not get it.
This is because the palliative is targeting only those on the very lower cadre of the economy and have less than N5,000 in their accounts presently.
Besides that, if you have been topping up your credit generously, you might also, technically speaking, get the palliative.
Government says it would use the mobile networks to identify people that top up the credit units for their phones with N100 or less, adding that state governments would now be involved in the distribution of food items.
These were part of the fallouts of the meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, which met in the bid to find succor for Nigeria’s poor amidst COVID-19.
The forum also said these measures have become necessary to avoid the kind of experience in Ecuador, where people in the informal sector poured onto the streets to defy lockdown because they were faced with hunger.
According to the report, this not only increased the rate of contacting the infection, but also led to the death of hundreds.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq later told journalists that the Ministry would now focus on the urban poor as it carries out President Buhari’s directive on the distribution of palliatives.
“You are aware that the President in his broadcast of Monday 13th April, 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.
“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 more on as well as people living with disabilities.” She said the ministry would use three options in selecting the beneficiaries of the scheme.
“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 may be N100 or less. Those are also people that we consider to be poor and vulnerable”.