Cash Transfer: Document Omitting Ogun State Didn't Emanate From My Office - Buhari's Minister - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, April 10, 2020

Cash Transfer: Document Omitting Ogun State Didn't Emanate From My Office - Buhari's Minister

The Daily Crucible

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hadjia Sadia Farouk, on Friday evening disclosed that she was not aware of the document showing 35 States and corresponding beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer to the poor and vulnerable citizens by the Federal Government with Ogun State name curiously missing from the list.

The document is titled "The National Social Register of Poor & Vulnerable Households Distribution by States as at 31st March 2020," listed 35 States but Ogun State was conspicuously missing. 

Hajia Farouk said such document in circulation did not emanate from her office, explaining that Ogun State is listed for the Federal Government palliative measures intervention for its poor and vulnerable citizens.

The Minister spoke in Oke Mosan Governor's Office while fielding questions from reporters shortly after a meeting with Governor Dapo Abiodun.

She said that the enrollment and registration of the poor and vulnerable citizens of the Gateway State had not commenced, even though it should have been done before now, a reason no money had been paid to its vulnerable ones since the exercise commenced in other states. 

She also explained that part of the reason she met with Governor Abiodun was to deliberate with him on the enrollment and registration of the intending beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer so that their stipends could be paid to them soon.

She expressed the hope that the enrollment and registration would commence on Monday next week, expressing further hope that the intended beneficiaries of the cash transfer would receive their payments around May and June this year.

"I'm not aware of any document in circulation. Definitely, such documents are not coming from my office. The President has pronounced the lockdown of three affected areas; two states and FCT and all the palliative measures were taken to cushion the effects of this COVID-19 which Ogun state is included.

"I am not aware of such documents. I can assure you that the Federal Government is doing everything possible to see that it supports the state government in delivering these palliatives to the vulnerable and poor citizens," she said.

The Minister, however, disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari - led Federal Government has donated  3, 000 bags of rice of 50 kilograms each to the Ogun State government for distribution to the poor and vulnerable citizens and residents of the state.

She added that a truck load of vegetable oil was also assigned to Ogun State as parts of immediate intervention by the Federal Government in the battle to stamp out COVID-19 in Ogun state.

The relief materials, she explained, were meant to cushion the effects of the lockdown on the vulnerables, following the lockdown of the state over Coronavirus pandemic.
She said a number of other trucks containing over 100 tons of maize, sorghum and gari were also on the way, stressing that the items were meant to be distributed to the people in the state in compliance with President Muhammadu Buhari's directive on ameliorating the sufferings of the people of the Gateway state during the lockdown period.

She said: "Note that there is a Presidential Taskforce of which the ministry is part of. And in that taskforce, we have committees such as Transport and Logistics with one of the agencies under the ministry (Security).

"My team from the ministry is already in the state and we are going to work with Ogun state government to handle this issues. They are coming in quite number of trucks to say in precisely, they are over 100 tons of maize, sorghum and gari. 

"What I have brought with me now is another food item is rice and that is coming in five trucks of 59kg of rice and one truck of vegetable oil that we have brought to the government of Ogun state."

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