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Nigerian Government launches Conditional Cash Transfer for 15m households October 17 –Minister

Photo Collage of President Boa Ahmed Tinubu, Naira Notes and Mrs. Betta Edu, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation and Naira Notes Credit: LegitNG

*Mrs. Betta Edu, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, discloses the Federal Government of Nigeria will launch the Conditional Cash Transfer policy for 15 million households across the country October 17, 2023, as officials are already ‘on the field cleaning up the data and doing a complete verification’ of beneficiaries

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government has said Nigeria will launch the Conditional Cash Transfer policy for 15 million households October 17, 2023.

Mrs. Betta Edu, Honourable Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, disclosed this development when she featured on a Channels TV programme months after the Federal Government had stopped the payment of the controversial subsidies on the Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise known as petrol.

Edu stated: “With the approval from the President (Bola Ahmed Tinubu), which we hope to get this week, on the 17th of October, we will be officially launching the Conditional Cash Transfer to 15 million households in Nigeria.

ConsumerConnect learnt the amount per household would be N75,000 as against the N5, 000 given to vulnerable Nigerian consumers in the last administration, and the Minister stressed that the Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation is currently working with stakeholders across the West African country to get “a credible register of beneficiaries.

She also noted: “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.

“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.”

While admitting that some persons on the register may have died or moved up the economic ladder, Mrs. Edu said the verification exercise is to clean up the register.

The Minister further explained: “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.

“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.”

She added that “on each of these households, they are numbered so people can go there and verify against the register.”

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