Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, announced that on October 17th, 2023, the Federal Government will initiate the conditional cash transfer policy for 15 million households.
She made this statement during her appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, following the discontinuation of petroleum subsidies by the Federal Government a few months earlier.
“With the approval from the President which we hope to get this week, on the 17th of October, we will be officially launching the conditional cash transfer to 15m households in Nigeria,” the minister said.
She stated that her ministry is collaborating with stakeholders nationwide to establish a reliable registry of beneficiaries.
“As we speak, we are having a verification exercise. Every state can bear us witness that we have put boots on the ground – persons who are working with the state cash transfer office as well as the governors who are the heads of the steering committee and then several other persons,” she said.
“All of this is to be sure those who are on the national social register truly are Nigerians who fall [spend] within the under $1.95 a day [range] and they deserve to have it,” the minister added.
Although acknowledging that there may be individuals on the registry who have either passed away or improved their economic status, Mrs. Betta emphasized that the verification process aims to refine the registry.
“So, two things. First, as we speak, we are on the field cleaning up that data and doing a complete verification and we are juxtaposing both the BVN, NIM and the rest of it to identify these people and be sure we are dealing with authentic persons,” the 36-year-old said.
“And then, of course, there is biometrics to it and you have a capturing of the head of the household as well as a picture of the household so it can be located. On each of these households, they are numbered so people can go there and verify against the register.”
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