By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) Northern region has observed with dismay the process of the disbursement of the 20,000 Naira
conditional cash transfer to Nigerians by the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
The group in a statement signed by Abubakar Dogara for the council, said, “We are not satisfied with the process in place so far for such disbursement, hence, we recommend payment through bank accounts of each beneficiary wether individual or cooperatives, where proper record of the disbursement exercise can be accessed and verified for most prudency and accountability.
“The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is requested to halt the analogue mode of disbursement presently being applied and activate the use of digital method through banks or any other electronic means of transactions that will guarantee proper financial records, in line with International best practices and above all for the entrenchment of cashless policy of the Federal Government.
“The ministry should be aware that, the sources, volume and the disbursement processes of the monies will be explained to Nigerians after the pandemic.
“Therefore the Ministry should note that it is not giving out charity or alms, but only given responsibility by the government to discharge effectively to the citizenry.”
The forum sympathised with Governor Bala Muhammad, Governor Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai and Governor Seyi Makinde of Bauchi, Kaduna and Oyo states respectively as they tested positive to COVID-19.
“We pray for their speedy recovery. Equally we pray for a speedy recovery of one of our fathers in the country, Abba kyari (Chief of Staff to the President) who is now receiving treatment against COVID-19 in Lagos and indeed all other Nigerians so far tested positive to the deadly virus.
“We enjoin our people to cooperate and support the authorities at all levels in their move to stop the spread of the deadly disease in the country.”