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BVN to be Used as Criterion for Identifying Vulnerable Nigerians


The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed that Bank Verification Number (BVN) would be used 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.

Farouq said that this digital measure would 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.

She further added that the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) to poor households that has been ongoing in some parts of the country has been transparent and well organised.

Meanwhile, 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 (TVC) 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.


Mohammad said that the TVCs and the jingles, were packaged in English, Pidgin, Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba, and had started playing on the NTA.

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