Federal Government has said that the payment of N20,000 COVID-19 refund funds to Nigerians have begun.
Recall that the Federal Government has earlier promised that N20,000 refund funds will be paid to poor homes in the country.
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.
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.
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.
As at February 29th, 2020, the Federal Government 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, President @MBuhari directed the @FMHDSD to look and take care of them. pic.twitter.com/kvr9Xm5QFv
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) March 30, 2020
I am a rural development expert who has been working with rural poor for more than17 years and I can categorically tell you that you have not captured the poor I know in Northern Nigeria because most of them don’t even have bank accounts!!!!Please don’t get me more upset! https://t.co/0FkC80znjI
— Hauwa El-Yakub (@Hawee007) March 31, 2020
From what Akinblog gathered, The disbursement is currently ongoing in Abuja only, Maybe after they are done with the state, more states might be considered.