Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouq has declared that her Ministry will focus on the urban poor, National Social Register as well as Bank Verification Number (BVN) to determine who benefits from the distribution palliatives to cushion the biting effect of COVID-19 on Nigerians.

The Federal Government said it has decided to expand the social register for palliative distribution by employing digital models including the use of Bank Verification Number (BVN).

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouq ,disclosed this in Abuja, while responding to questions at Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 saying the digital measure will be faster and make the distribution more effective.

“We are using other models including BVN to identify bank accounts. We are also using mobile phone networks to identify poor and vulnerable people in the society.


“This is going to be faster, transparent and give room for more accountability,” she said.

She added that the conditional cash transfer to poor households which is currently going on in some parts of the country is transparent and well organized as measures have been put in place by the Federal Government to avoid duplication of households.

She also revealed that civil groups, traditional and religious leaders, among others are performing the role of identifying the poor in their communities thereby assisting the Federal Government in the distribution.

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