24.3m poor Nigerians to benefit from N729b COVID-19 fund

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FEDERAL Government yesterday said about 24.3 million poor Nigerians would get N5,000 each for a period of six months under COVID-19 Recovery Special Fund bringing it to a total of N729 billion to be disbursed.

  Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, disclosed this at the inauguration of the Federal Government’s emergency intervention database for the urban poor.

  The minister said the Rapid Response Register was designed to rapidly identify, register and provide succour to people who were not previously captured in the social register.

  A statement issued in Abuja by the minister’s aide, Nneka Anibeze, said the intervention would serve as cushion for those further impoverished by the COVID-19 pandemic.

   “From records, about 24.3 million poor and vulnerable individuals were identified at the end of 2020 and registered into the National Social Register. “Each beneficiary will receive N5,000 for a period of six months,” the statement reads in part.

  The release further said the intervention database was needed to develop the capacity for rapid response to any emergency including natural or man-made disasters.

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