The Federal Government’s proposal to provide monthly cash transfers of N8,000 for six months to 12 million households in need has garnered significant attention in the media. However, it has also been met with some skepticism and misunderstanding
In response to the concerns raised, President Tinubu’s administration has decided to review the program and address the misconceptions surrounding it. The Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy, Dele Alake, in a statement to the Media disclosed although the cash transfer program is part of the Administration’s relief efforts, but that it is not the only measure put in place by the government.
“When there is prohibition, there must be provision. While the cash transfer program is part of our relief efforts, it is important to note that it is not the only measure we have in place. We are committed to bringing comprehensive relief to Nigerians affected by subsidy removal.”
He also disclosed that the President has issued specific directives in response to the feedback received:
1. That the N8,000 conditional cash transfer programmed envisaged to bring succor to most vulnerable households be reviewed immediately. This is in deference to the views expressed by Nigerians against it.
2. That the whole gamut of palliative package of government be unveiled to Nigerians.
3. Immediate release of fertilizers and grains to approximately 50 million farmers and households respectively in all the 36 states and the FCT.
“The conditional cash transfer program, initially planned to bring relief to vulnerable households, will be reviewed in light of the concerns expressed by Nigerians. The government will unveil the complete package of relief measures to the public, ensuring transparency and accountability. ”
President Tinubu has reassured Nigerians that the N500 billion approved by parliament to alleviate the impact of subsidy removal will be utilized judiciously. The relief measures will be accessible to all Nigerians, regardless of their ethnic, religious, or political affiliations.
He also emphasized President Tinubu’s unwavering commitment to the well-being of Nigerians, highlighting previous decisions taken by the administration to address concerns raised by various sectors of society.
“President Tinubu remains a listening leader, dedicated to serving the interests of the people. He has demonstrated this through actions such as signing executive orders to alleviate tax burdens and establishing a Tax Reform/Fiscal Policy Committee to foster a favorable business environment.”
President Tinubu’s administration’s commitment to addressing the concerns of Nigerians and providing relief measures is commendable. It is hoped that the review of the cash transfer program and the implementation of comprehensive relief measures will alleviate the difficulties faced by vulnerable households.