Federal government has commenced payment of the strategiccash transfer to poor Nigerians as part of palliative measures to cushion some economic hardships occasioned by global COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, SadiyaFarouq, disclosed the commencement at a press conference in Abuja.
Farouq said advance payment to support poor Nigerians, following the stay-at-home order issued by the federal government, demonstrates President Muhammadu’s commitment to carrying the masses along in all economic policies.
According to her, Buhari will not spare anything to make Nigerians come out from the scourge better.
“Mr. President in his speech, paragraph 54,directed that conditional cash transfer be given in advance of two months. This we have also done. We have directed immediate cash transfer to the poorest and most vulnerable households in the country.
Because of this COVID-19, the vulnerable groups have expanded, because we are aware that there are people who live on daily wages, so we are also going to look at those groups of people to see how we can get this food relief intervention to them in this period,” she said.
It will be recalled that Buhari in his nationwide broadcast on Sunday granted three months moratorium for debts owed Federal Government through TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans.
A commentator on national issues, TayoAbiodun said such action represents a responsible government.
“Such palliative measure will help cushion the effect of this stay-at-home order, this is what a responsible government should do. I commend the Buhari government for taking such step,” Abiodun said.