The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar, says the Federal Government considers Nigerians who buy N100 call credit as poor and can ensure they get relief cash.
The minister, who earlier confirmed that N-Power beneficiaries were being paid their stipends, spoke in an interview with State House correspondents on Tuesday.
NAN quoted her as disclosing that urban poor dwellers with an account balance of N5,000 or less are going to be among the beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme.
Farouq said the potential beneficiaries would be a part of the extra one million households approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in his national broadcast Monday night.
“You also are aware that Mr President in his broadcast directed that we expand the beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer by one million. during this regard, we are getting to focus more on the urban poor.
“These are people that depend upon the informal sector to earn their livelihood. they’re daily wage earners and these are people we are really getting to focus more on also as people living with disabilities,’’ she stated.
Farouq explained that aside the National Social Register, Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) and former record of purchase of recharge cards by mobile owners formed part of criteria to spot Nigerians which will get the cash transfer.
We also are using the mobile network, people that top up their phones with maybe N100, N200. These are the people we consider to be poor and vulnerable,’’ the minister added.
Nigerians are condemning the methods of the federal government’s disbursement of money and food items.
Likewise, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) criticized President Muhammadu Buhari for “failure to supply palliatives” to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.