The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, has revealed that the Federal Government planned to launch a conditional cash transfer to fifteen million households on 17th of October, 2023.
She said, “With the approval from the President which we hope to get this week, on the 17th of October, we will be officially launching the conditional cash transfer to 15m households in Nigeria.”
While speaking in an interview with newsmen, Edu stated that the ministry is working with stakeholders across the country to get a credible register of beneficiaries.
She said, “As we speak, we are having a verification exercise. Every state can bear us witness that we have put boots on the ground – persons who are working with the state cash transfer office as well as the governors who are the heads of the steering committee and then several other persons.
“All of this is to be sure those who are on the national social register truly are Nigerians who fall [spend] within the under $1.95 a day [range] and they deserve to have it.”
The minister however emphasized that some persons on the register may have died or moved up the economic ladder as the verification exercise is to clean up the register.