COVID - 19: More Nigerians To Get FG Cash Transfer, Others as Buhari Extends Lockdown - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, April 13, 2020

COVID - 19: More Nigerians To Get FG Cash Transfer, Others as Buhari Extends Lockdown

Jane Okafor, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday evening announced that one million more Nigerians would be enlisted into the Federal Government Social Investments scheme to enable them benefit from its Cash Transfer, food supplies among others.

Buhari announced this while addressing Nigerians  about the progressed recorded so far and challenges encountered in the battle against the spread of COVID - 19 Pandemic in the country with the expiration, today, of the initial lockdown slammed on Ogun, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Lagos State, the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria.

The President said the inclusion of additional would - be - beneficiaries of the social investments scheme was borne out the realisation that certain categories of Nigerians, particularly the daily wage earners, would have their lives severely battered by prolong lockdown if left unassisted.

He, however, announced the extension of the lockdown in Ogun, Lagos and FCT by another two weeks, saying it is sacrifice needed to stem the tide of Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

"No country can afford the full impact of a sustained restriction of movement on its economy.I am fully aware of the great difficulties experienced especially by those who earn a daily wage such as traders, dayworkers, artisans and manual workers.

"For this group, their sustenance depends on their ability to go out. Their livelihoods depend on them mingling with others and about seeking work. But despite these realities we must not change the restrictions. 

"In the past two weeks, we announced palliative measures such as food distribution, cash transfers and loans repayment waivers to ease the pains of our restrictive policies during this difficult time. These palliatives will be sustained.

"I have also directed that the current social register be expanded from 2.6 million households to 3.6 million households in the next two weeks. 

"This means we will support an additional one million homes with our social investment programs. A technical committee is working on this and will submit a report to mebythe end of this week," Buhari said.

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