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Coronavirus: Lawan, Gbajabiamila wants to know how money is shared to vulnerable groups

The leadership of the National Assembly has criticised the approach adopted by the federal government to distribute social grant to Nigerians who suffer the impact of the coronavirus lockdown.

It called for legislation for the programme in line with global best practices.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, expressed their concerns at a meeting with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, and some top officials of the ministry on Tuesday.

The meeting, convened by the leadership of the National Assembly, was against the backdrop of the ongoing federal government intervention initiatives aimed at reducing the impact of the pandemic on the most vulnerable Nigerians, following the lockdown order given by the President Muhammadu Buhari on March 29.

The president ordered a 14-day lockdown in Abuja as well as Lagos and Ogun States. Mr Buhari had announced that the most vulnerable affected by the lockdown will be compensated.

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs has since announced the distribution of the first tranche of N5 billion.

Messrs Lawan and Gbajabiamila noted that the programme needed a reform to make it more efficient and effective.

Vulnerable Nigerians not properly captured

Mr Lawan expressed concerns about the conditions and guidelines for the intervention programmes.

“When for example, some conditions are set, that those who will benefit will have to go online, through the internet or BVN and the rest of it.

“I want to tell you that the majority of those who are supposed to benefit have no access to power. They have no access to the Internet. They have no bank account, so no BVN

Culled from Premium Times

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