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FG begins N20,000 relief fund disbursement per household in Abuja

The FG has started disbursing the N20,000 Condition Cash Transfer to poor households across the country,the disbursement is said to have started today.

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The Federal Government (FG) has started disbursing the N20,000 Condition Cash Transfer to poor households across the country. The disbursement is said to have started today at the Kwali Area Council in Abuja.

According to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadia Umar-Farouk, the Federal Government would be giving out the sum of N20,000 to each person for the next four months as a way of cushioning the effect of the coronavirus pandemic.

The disbursement is part of the Federal Government’s efforts that is aimed at helping “vulnerable” Nigerians get through the lockdown directive given by President Muhammadu Buhari following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Speaking on the strategy being used to locate and disburse the funds on Channels TV, Umar-Farouk said;

“We have directed immediate cash transfer to the poorest and most vulnerable households in the country. But for the COVID-19, the vulnerable groups have to expand, because we are aware that there are people who live on daily wage, 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.” 

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She further explained that President had said during his broadcast last week that the Conditional Cash Transfer should be given in advance of two months.

Meanwhile, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to react since the President made the announcement that funds would be disbursed to poor and vulnerable households.

Nigerians have wondered what it means to be poor and vulnerable judging by the Government’s yardstick and why the areas where the disbursements would be taken place have not been disclosed.

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While some asked if the Federal Government has a database for the poor, others believe the funds should be for every Nigerian and should be disbursed using their bank accounts and BVN numbers.

However, the Presidency announced recently that it has identified 10,695,360 individuals in 35 states across the country as the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians, during this crisis of COVID19 pandemic.

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57 Comments

57 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    April 1, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    FG don’t know what they are doing, their is to steal the money and tell us they have share, FG is not thinking right. They should go and sleep,

    • Anonymous

      April 2, 2020 at 3:09 pm

      You have a point. Those places they claimed they shared money too is nothing but a lie

  2. Olowoyeye A.O

    April 2, 2020 at 2:23 am

    Nigeria!!! pls God come and settle our case civilian are sufferring! PLS GOD SETTLE OUR CASE THINGS ARE OUT OF HANDS!!!

    • Anonymous

      December 5, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      Government of now are days use to lie like mad man but GOD will soon erase all the bad government in our land

  3. Christopher David

    April 2, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    WHEN WILL BUHARI AND APC STOP DECEIVING NIGERIANS THROUGH MEDIA PROPAGANDA??? HAVE CONSCIENCE FOR.ONCE. STOP THE DECEIT. NO ONE IS DISTRIBUTING ANY DAMN MONEY IN ABUJA. GOD OR ALLAH WILL SURELY JUDGE ALL OF YOU

  4. Ajewole Gabriel

    April 2, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Nigeria! God, if is our sin make you angry… Father Lord, please forgive our sin remove your anger in this world

    • Mãrtiñ

      July 14, 2020 at 9:26 am

      Amen

  5. Eric Oghos

    April 3, 2020 at 12:17 am

    This is very timid for God sake and absolutely improper to disburse Funds….you simple use the BVN which is almost equivalent to SSN in America.. this is prevent when you have a weak and incompetent leaders especially old Buhari as president…wooooo unto Nigeria 🇳🇬 senators, the 3 teires of Government and Chife justice of the nations etc.

  6. Sunday

    April 3, 2020 at 2:29 am

    God will continue to punish this useless leader with deadly diseases. Who is not poor in Nigeria apart from politician? They just want to share the money to their families members only.

  7. Alexander A. Okafor

    April 3, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Why can’t nigerian government use the bvn system to disburse the funds???
    I think there is intranspeeency in this method imployed by the government.
    Be all know that table disbursement is not going to be efficient.

  8. Ofooeb

    April 3, 2020 at 9:09 am

    Sharing Money Hand To Hand, How Sure You Can Keep Record To The Amount Of Money You Shared? Clean Corruption.
    Nowounder My Lecturer Said Nigeria Will Never Be Good.

  9. Oti Eje

    April 3, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    For about Nigeria, what they is talk full the paper, my own is that let them disturb anyone who open his or her business centre let them government keep their money

  10. Eddy

    April 3, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Why did you not use the BVN?
    You asked everyone to get BVN now you all are seeking for medium to steal again .rubbish

  11. Anonymous

    April 3, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    Hmm Nigeria I just wish I was not path of this country…we don’t have good leader at all…they are all liars and thieves…

  12. Anonymous

    April 4, 2020 at 12:36 am

    CORRUPTION!!!
    This is not fair why are they depriving us of our right, this is total shit.
    This is what they can do in a couple of a minute by disbursing those fund through BVN simple…. They know the right things but they won’t.

  13. Anonymous

    April 4, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Comment:
    Is either the government ( Buhari and
    his greedy cohort) distributed money or not. God that created us into this country Nigeria will surely supply our needs.
    Please fellow Nigerian never put your hope on man that will did very soon but on God who will be forever.
    Jesus care so much for you.

  14. Ephraim

    April 4, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    In addition to what every one is saying, what we have as a leaders are bunch of Animals in human clothing.

  15. Ajireloja joshua

    April 5, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Nigeria am tired of everyday lies please make something real and disbust this money to BVN that’s the only way please

  16. Ajireloja joshua

    April 5, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Nigeria government am tired of everyday lies and please disbust this money to BVN that’s the only way out.

  17. God'swill Chigozie Joel

    April 6, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    So it easy for our government to say we should all stay at home,here by shutting down and locking up of all our shops,markets and also affecting our daily activities which many people are now use the privilege to suffer many Nigerians without having even what to eat daily and this is because the government has ask all markets to be close down…Many Nigerians depend on selling on a daily basis before they can see what to even eat,because of all these people are suffering and dying, please let the government start using the bvn to transfer the money before people start drying and stop all other argument.

  18. Anonymous

    April 6, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    How sure are you that only the northern part of Nigerian has the poorest people.If the federal government really want to help they should help.they should stop deceiving them selves.

  19. Anonymous

    April 7, 2020 at 11:38 am

    No body lives forever;
    Today you’re a leader, tomorrow you are a story; our leaders should learn to be sincere.

  20. Evang Noah Oluwafemi

    April 7, 2020 at 11:45 am

    One thing I know for sure is that, everyman life is tenured;
    Today you’re in the corridor of power; tomorrow you will surely step aside for someone else;

    You can lie to the whole Nigerians but not God.

    My Father is watching you guys from above!!!

  21. Mr Sunday Emorin

    April 7, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    When all Nigerians will rise up and face this government with the truth as we did during the subsidy,ha is a pity.Nobody to lead fight after the demised of icons the great Gani Faweyinmi, the great fela may theirs souls rest in perfect peace.

  22. Philip James C

    April 7, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    This is probably the craziest GOVT I ever seen…whats the modalities for disbursement of the said 20k relief? It’s sickening to see this shit of a GOVT indulge in fallacies in the name relief….how do buttress your claim when the average Nigerian can hardly feed save the robbers called senators n politicians….May the ALMIGHTY allow Satan to afflict you evil leaders with unending corona virus…..FOOLISH GOVT.

  23. Philip James C

    April 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    MAY THE ALMIGHTY GOD AFFLICT THESE POLITICIANS N SENATORS WITH UNENDING CORRONA VIRUS…..SENSELESS N HEARTLESS N VISIONLES GOVT…..

    • Anonymous

      April 8, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      AMEN OH

  24. wizard

    April 8, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Oh lord let corona virus catch those that shared the money given bythe govt to be shared to the citizens without giving us anything,and let there family die of unknown sickness from young to the old,those in charge of rice that you gave it to only your family this month wont pass you buy

  25. Sunday Adekunle E

    April 8, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Why is it that the northern people are always beneficiaries of FG relief and cash transfer? This is unfair and evil.
    FG should transfer cash to individual account of Nigerians and strategies a way of reaching the masses who did not have bank account… However, the evil and selfish interest among those in charge of the disbursement will not allow them to do the right thing. Anyway, God is the right judge.
    People are dying of hunger in Lagos and Ogun state also…
    I am very sure that neither wealth nor earthly properties will be buried with all our greedy leaders in this country.

  26. Akinade ademola

    April 8, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    You people should fear God. There’s time for everything. This is the time the masses you most( govt of Nigeria). A time will come that you people will be 6feet under the ground. A word is enough for the wise. I rest my case

  27. OGECHI A. EROBU

    April 8, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    I have not seen anybody that said she or he had received anything both in cash or material from the Government but I only heard it on television and Radio but in case they want to sincerely share anything let them follow NEPA system of sharing Electricity bills to share the money. So that it will get to everybody Or through BVN. We are hunger! Please Save Our Soul {SOS}

  28. Chijindu

    April 9, 2020 at 1:37 am

    It is unfortunate that we have a Government, that will say and will never do. Apc. Government. God is watching. No wonder! President of America, Trump said that, it is difficulty for a black to lead well.

    • Oladimeji

      April 16, 2020 at 7:37 pm

      Confirm

  29. Anonymous

    April 9, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    All of them are thieves…..the real thieves

  30. Oladimeji

    April 16, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Foolish president at the end nothing that you’ve don to help how will other countries see us when you treat us bad….

  31. Anonymous

    April 17, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    Commen:pls share the money the way NEPE is sharing nepa bill,is not everybody that can eat well how much more to have an account people are hungry in this country example dose that live in crick.

  32. Paul obinna

    April 18, 2020 at 4:18 am

    Corruption everywhere in Nigeria let them share the money with bvn because people are dieing in hunger instead of coronavirus

  33. Paul

    April 18, 2020 at 4:26 am

    Corruptions everywhere in Nigeria, why can’t they share this money through our bvn? Look at people everywhere dieing in hunger instead of coronavirus they said.

  34. Paul

    April 18, 2020 at 4:33 am

    When will corruptions stop in Nigeria? Look at people everywhere dieing in hunger instead of coronavirus they said. If they really want to share the money, why can’t they use bvn to share it?

  35. Anonymous

    April 18, 2020 at 11:34 am

    this lie is worse than the corona virus itself. it is a pity our Nigeria is dead. let’s revolt please young people.

  36. Ayodele Ademola

    April 18, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    How will this money touch the hands of those that have no account talkless of bvn? Stitch in time saves nine, the area boys have started bugling the houses in somes state.

  37. Adeniyi Olumide

    April 18, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    God will surely take perfect control, that’s all I av to say…

  38. Presh Uzoma

    April 19, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Corruption in this regime is too pathetic God is watching them and they can’t go unpunished

  39. Mohd Sani D

    April 20, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    I want the Relief disbursement, beeing aprove bythe Federal Govnment. Pls let me know how and where.

  40. Panico

    April 20, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    God in heaven pls send your angels to come and help us.we are dying of hunger and the leaders want us to die. They want to share the money with there family members.

  41. chris

    April 21, 2020 at 9:45 am

    May God Judge all our bad leaders in JESUE NAME.

  42. Lion

    April 21, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Comment:what kindof government do we have

  43. Anonymous

    April 22, 2020 at 7:53 am

    pls nigerians less put our hope in God for survival,don,t put hope in FG for,20000 naire

  44. yusuf sabiu

    April 22, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Government are trying due to the corona issue

  45. Akanbi olakunle

    April 22, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    We did not see any Money in oyo state ,, not only abuja syay at home we are all stay at home federal government should help us to survive,, God bless oyo state God bless Nigeria

  46. Anonymous

    April 22, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Thesame people that got you guy into power are now suffering for what they knw not of and all you (Leaders) is to sit down and blab nonsense. God is watching.

  47. Adewola

    April 24, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Comment since i was born thes worsted rule we have in nigeria is APC CANDIDATE which is buari,we no what is italy goverment is doing for their people even U S and china ,and ghana,while nigeria president is doing we that in is country like this. Oh lord help us from our leader true corona virus o

  48. Joseph igwe

    April 25, 2020 at 7:36 am

    The disbursement of the fund will be for everyone, maybe you people are finding means of embezzling the money and distribute to yourselves taking it as s project for the poor and venerable ones of covid-19 that’s the way you people rules us.fuck Nigeria;

  49. mortins

    April 27, 2020 at 7:12 am

    what is all this nonsense shame on FG cause day have failed

  50. Ibrahim Nda asabe

    April 27, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    Comment: why always our gov’t were not practice what they preached on media, the issue of niger state it look very nauty the masses are not benefit any help, and right to hold public office is not a birth right’ or individual right, or family heir, But God is not sleep.!!!

  51. Jonathan Simon adebayo

    November 7, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    If this is true then let’s see 1221245364 Access bank Jonathan Simon adebayo

  52. Yusuf issa

    December 3, 2020 at 10:42 am

    If is true 0208880766 Yusuf issa gtb

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