By Naijatruth 

The government of President Bola Tinubu has announced plans to resume the direct cash transfers to 12 million Nigerians who are facing economic hardship.

This was revealed by the Finance and Economy Minister, Wale Edun, at the ministry’s retreat in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state on Wednesday. He said that the scheme, which was originally designed for 3 million Nigerians, has been expanded to cover 12 million more people.

12 Million Nigerians to benefit from FG's direct transfer scheme

Edun said, “The president’s advisory team on the social investment programmes, has submitted a proposal to Mr. President to restart the direct payments to the most needy and vulnerable. We are doing everything possible to alleviate the suffering.

“We are aware that there are already 3 million recipients, but given the current situation, there are likely another 12 million people, households that can benefit from that payment.”

He said, “The only thing holding us back is not the final report. It is something that we want to do as soon as possible.

“We have technology experts, who are committed to ensuring that we use technology to make the payment smooth, and to move the registered beneficiaries to the direct payment system, without any manual interference. So we are working to automate that process as quickly as possible so that the direct payment can resume”.

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