Minister Sadiya Farouk Never Said Only Poor Northerners Will Receive FG Support

Verdict: False

CLAIM: An Instagram post claims that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouk, said that only the poorest Nigerians resident in the North are qualified to receive Federal Government’s Conditional Cash Transfer during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The post was made with the photograph of the minister and captioned: “We are only sharing money to the poorest Nigerians in the North because we don’t have poor people in Southern Nigeria…”

This inflammatory statement has no source. The minister had spoken at a press briefing on Monday and Tuesday, March 30 and 31, 2020, with the Presidential Taskforce.
At the briefing, she said that all vulnerable Nigerians in the 36 states across the federation including the FCT will be eligible for the conditional cash transfers.

The FG’s cash transfers are for the poorest households in the country and its distribution is not decided by region. Also, there is a social register for all states, which will be used to guide the process.

Conclusion: The claim that the FG plans to distribute the funds to ameliorate the burden of the Coronavirus pandemic to northern residents only is False.

The CDD urges the general public to disregard the inflammatory message and desist from sharing the claim.

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