Nigerians Criticise FG‘s Plan To Pay 24.3 Million People N5,000 Monthly For Six Months

Nigerians Criticise FG Over Plan To Pay Over 20 Million People N5,000 Each
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Nigerians have criticised Federal Government over its plan to pay 24.3 million low-income earners in the country N5,000 each for a period of six months (January to June).

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday flagged off cash transfer of N5,000 to low-income earners in urban areas, as part of efforts to ease the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.

Professor Osinbajo said the scheme called Rapid Response Register (RRR) is to be facilitated through a wholly technology-based approach

He expressed that;

The groundbreaking success of the RRR, now emboldens us to achieve our aspiration of a social security programme for a minimum of twenty million Nigerians in the next two years.

The target beneficiaries of the scheme are “self-employed”, “wage employed” and “urban poor.

On its part, ministry of humanitarian affairs, said in using “cutting-edge” technology, it had undertaken a pilot scheme where over 100,000 beneficiaries in Lagos and the federal capital territory (FCT) were captured.

The ministry’s boss, Sadiya Farouq, on Tuesday said the new intervention would serve as a cushion for those further impoverished by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, many Nigerians have taken to social media to heavily criticise the government over its planned effort, saying it’s not a sustainable way to help the needy.

They added that such funds should be diverted into creating job opportunities for the millions of unemployed people and begin to operate a friendly economy for businesses to thrive.

See some reactions from Twitter users below;

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