Despite the World Bank’s confirmation that part of Nigeria’s $800 million gasoline subsidy reduction palliatives loan has been disbursed, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration has yet to begin paying N75,000 to needy Nigerians.
According to information obtained by janescope from a World Bank document, the development bank has given the Federal Government $299.99 million, or 37.5% of the loan, through the National Social Safety Net Program-Scale Up.
The World Bank verified that Nigeria has not yet received $442.88 million in funding.
Remember that the government announced the $800 million Social Safety Net Programme, a conditional cash transfer that would be carried out by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs & Poverty Alleviation, to mitigate the financial impact of the elimination of fuel subsidies as of June 2023.
The Federal Government intends to use this loan to fund a monthly cash transfer program for Nigerians who are poor and vulnerable and who have been severely impacted by recent policies like the elimination of fuel subsidies.
President Bola Tinubu publicly introduced a conditional cash transfer program in October 2023. The program is intended for 15 million households nationally and is scheduled to provide N75,000 over the course of three months, from October to December 2023 (or a total of N1.13 trillion).
Every month in October, November, and December, 61 million Nigerians are expected to benefit from the program, according to Dr. Betta Edu, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
Thus, over the course of three months, 15 million households will receive 75,000 Naira, according to her. This means that the conditional cash transfer will benefit roughly 61 million Nigerians.
World Bank Country Representative Shubham Chaudhuri defended the measure by stating that cash transfers are a common way to combat poverty.
He said, “This assistance is essential in assisting them in getting past the initial phase when they might otherwise be forced to make decisions with long-term repercussions.”
Nevertheless, janescope has discovered that the initiative has not yet started, even though Nigerians are struggling with inflation, which was 27.33 percent in October.