The biggest irony: you lock down a nation because of coronavirus, implementing social distancing. Then, because of hunger, all protocols are broken as people fight for bread. Of course, the government is working – some contractors contracted to transfer cash to the poor in some states have been sacked for delay.
The federal government says it has terminated two contracts for cash transfers to Nigerians in four states.
The project was called off after a breach of agreement by the affected contractors, Sadiya Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said in a statement Tuesday.
The “payment service providers” were contracted by the federal government to make payments to vulnerable persons in Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Abia and Zamfara States.
“The termination is with the procurement process launched using World Bank procurement guidelines to ensure that payments commence in the affected states on or before April 28, 2020,” the statement signed by Salisu Dambatta, the minister’s spokesperson.
The minister said the federal government cannot accept delays in the current payment round of N20,000 to beneficiaries in poor and vulnerable households under any excuses in the four states or any other states of the federation
I do not envy those contractors because if you ask me to find the poor in Nigeria, I am not even sure there is a standard quantifiable mechanism to do that. Yes, if you think you are transferring cash via any bank to the poor in Nigeria, you are wasting your time. Poor people in Nigeria do not have bank accounts! Of course, you can transfer via air, sea, party leader, … [add your magic].
You have less than 40 million unique bank accounts in a nation with at least 80 million adults. Magic transfer, none has ever reached my village since 1999! This video, on click, shows the state of things: scramble for bread.
— CAPTAIN (@UtohPaul) April 14, 2020