President Muhammadu Buhari-led government said that more than 7 million Nigerians benefit from a conditional cash transfer (CCT).
Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, said this in a speech in Abuja on Tuesday.
The initiative is part of the Strategic Social Expenditure Plan (NSIP).
Farouq accused “unpatriotic persons” of attempting to give him a bad reputation and a bad picture.
The official clarified that the CCT is giving a monthly stipend of N5,000 to the poorest and most needy Nigerian families, mainly in rural communities.
She said as at December 2020, the programme operated in 33 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“A total of 1,414,983 beneficiaries with 7,068,629 individual household member beneficiaries have been enrolled, covering 487 Local Government Areas, 4,716 Wards and 37,628 Communities.”
Farouq noted that the programme targets to cover all states of the federation by March 2021.
“The programme has a clearly defined implementation structure with an electronic base beneficiary enrolment system that focuses on the Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) culled from the National Social Register.”
For those insisting that the programme was enmeshed in corruption, the minister advised them to visit the National Social Safety Net Project’s website for more information.