The Federal Government says it has commenced the transfer of cash to poorest households to cushion the effect of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
Amuwo Parrot News (APN) reports that the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Farouk made this known at a press briefing by the presidential task on the virus in Abuja, on Monday.
Since Nigeria recorded its index case in February, the country has till date recorded a total of 135 coronavirus cases.
The West African country has also recorded two deaths and seven recoveries.
Farouk said the ministry has commenced advance payment of conditional cash transfer to the poorest households in the country.
She said the vulnerable group will also be expanded to consider more persons during the infection period.
“In Mr. President’s speech, paragraph 54, he directed that the conditional cash transfer should 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,” she said.
“Because of this COVID-19, the vulnerable groups have to expanded, 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.”
The minister said the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has deployed trucks of relief materials to states affected by the coronavirus pandemic.