Government Will Use BVN To Identify Poor Nigerians, Says Sadiya Farouq

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouq says the Federal Government will apply digital models to distribute palliative.

Farouq said the government will use Bank Verification Number, BVN to expand the social register for the palliative.

Sadiya Umar Farouq
Sadiya Umar Farouq

She disclosed this on Tuesday while answering questions at the Presidential Task Force Briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja.

She said the digital method will be faster and 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 society.

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

She added that the government has applied a transparent method in the conditional cash transfer to the poor households, adding that it’s currently ongoing in some parts of the country.

Speaking further, the Minister assured that the Federal government has put measures in place to avoid duplications in its disbursement.

She also said traditional, religious leaders and civil groups have all been employed to assist in identifying the poor in their communities to assist the government in its distribution.

He stressed that members from the same family will not receive money from the cash transfer scheme.

Farouq doubted the report that two members of a family were paid N20,000 each in a recent video that is widely circulated on social media.

“This is near impossible because the process involved is a very tedious one, where all critical stakeholders in the community are involved, the Minister said.

“The faith-based organisations, leaders of the community and other stakeholders are the ones who came up with the list of those to benefit from the intervention in that particular community.”

She added, “And if you go through the list, every particular household must be captured in all three or four of the lists being managed by that community.

“So it is almost impossible for the same members of a household to get this intervention.”

Farouq said the government had deployed a total of 279 trucks of grains to the states where there had been lockdown as announced by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The idea of BVN was first suggested by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu.

Tinubu had advised the government to use the BVN to make a cash payment in government effect to ameliorate the suffering of the people in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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