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COVID-19: FG is starting payment of N20,000 in Abuja, others will follow — Minister of Humanitarian Affairs.


The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq has disclosed that the Nigerian government has commenced the payment of N20,000 each to 5,000 households in the Federal Capital Territory, to help cushion the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

The Minister who addressed the journalists after disbursing money to some households in Kwali area council of Abuja, stated over one million Nigerians in 34 states will be benefitting from the initiative. 

She added that the initiative was under the ministry’s Conditional Cash Transfer programme, where N20,000 will be given to each of the beneficiaries covering a period of four months and N5,000 every month.

The Minister said; 

“The CCT is for poor and vulnerable households in the country. Beneficiaries are entitled to N5,000 every month.

“Today’s payment of N20,000 to each beneficiary is for four mouths. It is going to happen all over the country, but we are starting with FCT, Lagos and Ogun. These are the frontline states. Other states will follow.

“With the current pandemic and circumstances on ground, this amount will go a long way to support the families in their daily lives.

“Today, we are giving out N20,000 each to about 190 beneficiaries in Kwali Area Council. The total number of beneficiaries in FCT is 5,000.”

It would be recalled that Nigeria recorded thirty-five new cases of coronavirus in the country yesterday bringing the total to 174.

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