Breaking: FG Set To Resume Conditional Cash Transfer To 12million Nigerians

The federal government plans to resume providing direct cash transfers to 12 million Nigerians.

The plan was disclosed by Wale Edun, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, at the Ministry’s retreat in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state on Wednesday, February 21.

Edun stated that while the initial project was designed for 3 million Nigerians, the current hardship has become a factor in increasing the number of recipients to 12 million.

According to the finance minister, “The presidential panel on the social investment programmes, have prepared to go to Mr. President with an internal recommendation to restart the direct payments to the poorest and the most vulnerable. Everything is being done to ease the pain.

“We know that there’s been about 3 million beneficiaries now, but given the way the rates have gone, there are probably another 12 million people, households that can benefit from that payment.”

Recall that President Bola Tinubu suspended the management of the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA) and its programmes in January, which affected the conditional cash transfer programme and three others.

But, speaking about the recommencement of the cash transfer, Edun said the President would be well furnished about the programme and that technology will be used to ensure smooth and transparent payments, avoiding manual processes and delays.

He said, “The only thing delaying that is not waiting for the end of the report. It is something that the intervention is meant to happen immediately.

“We have experts in technology, the commitment was to make sure that we use technology to ensure that we have a seamless payment, a seamless movement between the registered and the direct beneficiaries, without any manual processes in between. So it’s taking time to automate that process immediately that direct payment will resume”.