The Buhari led government on Wednesday, began the disbursement of N5,000 to one million indigent Nigerians in the country.
The beneficiaries who were on the payroll of the Conditional Cash Transfers Scheme, were paid N20,000 each covering March-July in view, sequel to the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari instructed that the conditional cash transfers for the next two months be paid immediately to beneficiaries.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, performed the disbursement at Kwali Local Government Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to over 100 beneficiaries.
“The exercise commenced about five years ago and it is geared towards supporting the poor and vulnerable households of our society,” Farouq remarked.
“We give them monthly stipends of N5000 every month and now that we have these restrictions, Mr President has directed that we give them two months advance payment and we are here today to carry out that directive of paying the two months advance payment.
“We have over a million people across the country. For the FCT and this particular area Council, we are giving about 5000 households in this area.”
Describing the process leading to the identification of beneficiaries as rigorous, she said: “It is a very long process and many people like religious leaders, community leaders and different groups all came together to identify poorest and vulnerable households in their community.”