So many Nigerians have asked how did the Federal Government Generate the list for the poorest of the poor in dishing out the monthly palliatives to cushion the effect of Hunger especially during the lockdown of covid19 pandemic in Nigeria.
Eastwest Reporters gathered that the list was not generated by the Federal Government nor States or LGAs. It was generated long ago before the 2015 general election through World Bank and other Development partners in one of the surveys. This is the data the present Government is using to pay the monthly five thousand naira to the poor.
For those of us who have witnessed payment day you will agree with us that they are indeed poor, I have seen it once. This is the group the Government is now paying twenty thousand naira each. And the President said in his speech On Monday that list is to be expanded to accommodate one more million people.
President’s speech No. 47. ‘’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 me by the end of this week’’.
However, the federal government on Friday, published the full list of 11 million “poor and vulnerable” Nigerians, State by states.
According to the National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO), the number cuts across 2.6 million households.
Zamfara State has the highest number with 1.34million people across 290,000 households
Sokoto State is the least with 18,435 across 3,347 households.
The South-East has the lowest number of vulnerable Nigerians with 383,316 among all the regions.
NASSCO, however, did not include Ebonyi and Ogun States on the list, because the states are still in the process of building their social register.
The agency said the register for poor and vulnerable Nigerians is built through a “rigorous, transparent community based targeting process undertaken by states and validated by NASSCO.”