The federal government says 200,000 urban senior citizens affected by the COVID-19 pandemic would get cash transfers Iorwa apera, the coordinator of the National Society Safety net Programme, disclosed this on Monday, August 2, in Abuja According to him, the dialogue would find out the major problems facing the elderly across the country and how to address them. FCT, Abuja – Cash payment to 200,000 urban poor senior citizens that do not have access to regular income and were severely impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown would commence later this month.
The federal government made this known through the coordinator, National Social Safety Net Programme under the ministry of humanitarian affairs management, Iorwa Apera, on Monday, August 2, at the Senior Citizens forum maiden dialogue held in Abuja.
He stated that the cash transfer would roll off after the data of the intended beneficiaries were authenticated by their respective communities.
According to him, 4% of the 35 million poor and vulnerable persons were drawn from 8.5 million in the national register across 36 states, and the FCT was made up of elderly persons, ThisDayLive reports. He further specified that two million individuals, who were categorized as senior citizens were aggregated by location, education, age grade, status, disability, and sex. The minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, in her address during the maiden dialogue with the senior citizens mentioned that the federal government developed the national policy on Aging and also established the National Senior Citizens Center to meet the challenges of older persons in the country.
She discoursed that hunger, poverty as well as the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the government’s decision to tailor efforts at including the vulnerable population.