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We Will Use BVN To Identify Vulnerable Nigerians – Minister

The federal government says it will use the Bank Verification Number (BVN) to identify poor and vulnerable Nigerians for palliative distribution.
The minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouq, disclosed yesterday in Abuja, during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
She said that this digital measure will be faster and make the distribution 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 the society. This is going to be faster, transparent and give room for more accountability,” she said.

The minister added that the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) to poor households which is currently going on in some parts of the country is transparent and well organised.
On his part, the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that the government had rolled out a new set of campaigns to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that the ministry rolled out a new set of TV Campaigns and radio jingles focusing on the NPI interventions after the ministry and its agencies had ramped up their public enlightenment and advocacy campaign to
continue to reach Nigerians with information on how they can protect themselves and avoid contracting the disease.
He explained that the TVCs and the jingles, were packaged in English, Pidgin, Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba, and had started playing on the NTA and the FRCN.
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