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Create a social welfare programme of at least N5,000 that will cater for the 25 million poorest and most vulnerable citizens on demonstration of children’s enrollment in school and evidence of immunisation to help promote family stability

The conditional cash transfer is one of the social investment programmes of the Buhari administration. Others include the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme and N-Power, a skills development programme for young graduates. 

(For more, read our report: Checking three claims by pro-Buhari group about outgoing Nigerian president’s record.)

The cash transfer supports the poor and vulnerable with N5,000 (about US$16) per household monthly, with the aim of improving household consumption and reducing poverty.

According to information from the National Cash Transfer Office’s website, over 1.25 million households in 34 of Nigeria’s 36 states had been enrolled as of June 2020.

The minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Sadiya Farouk, announced that at the end of March 2020 about 11.5 million people were captured in the national social register for the poor and vulnerable.

According to Buhari’s presidency, more than 3 million poor and vulnerable households were on the register as of May 2020. It said “more than one million of these families are currently benefiting from the CCT Scheme, which pays N5,000 to each household monthly.”

This number however fell short of the target of 25 million poor and vulnerable citizens. 

Our checks showed that 22.7 million people had benefited from the programmes as of January 2022.

– Africa Check, updated May 2022.

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