The Nigerian government has begun to distribute over N200,000 cash assistance to the weak, particularly in rural areas through its Cash Transfer program.
The government says it is spending the money to reduce the suffering of some Nigerians, in an effort to fight poverty across the country, especially during this time of the coronavirus.
Minister of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk told the BBC that they were funding the small group comprising orphans and special needs women and widows and widows.
She said five thousand should be given to the people but the government is now allocating twenty thousand to reduce the pain.
“Since 2016 the government has begun to distribute subsidies to the minorities, but due to coronavirus, the president has demanded that the amount be raised to N20,000 instead of 5,000, so that people can be relieved,” the minister said.
She said over 5,000 homes would be distributed to the public in the Kwali Local Government Area in Abuja.
The minister said that they used the names of the people who benefited from the initial poverty reduction program in the community.
The subsidy is also doubled to reduce the economic hardships they face as a result of the curfew.
While announcing the curfew in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun on Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari said the money was set aside to support rural communities near the affected areas.
He also ordered the removal of Tradermoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni tax payers for three months.
The same will apply to all loans issued by the Federal Government through the Industrial Bank, the Farmers’ Bank, and the Nigerian Export Import Bank.
To this day, Buhari said he has directed the state governments to create a food security program for the students at this time “without violating the anti-discrimination law”.
Nigerian rich people have not been left behind
Wealthy banks, banks and large companies in Nigeria have also contributed billions of naira to fight the disease.
Economists such as Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Herbert Wigwe and, Segun Agbaje each contributed $ 1 billion to tackle the coronavirus.
The owner of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, posted on his Twitter account, adding that in addition to the money, his company has provided equipment including machinery and test equipment and more to 9 states in the country.