5 Questions about the #5,000 allowance for the poor

One of the major promises of the current administration was the handing out of an allowance of "5,000" every month. The Buhari regime began work in 2015, and point of note is the fact that the allowance which is part of what is called " TheSocial intervention fund" was part of the 2016 budget and yet not many people were given a dime, at least there was no report of anybody getting a dime.

1. This is the first question about this allowance, why wasn't the fund effected largely as it is being implemented now last year despite being part of the budget?

Now another controversial part of this meant to be "people-policy" is the fact that the money is meant for the most vulnerable and the poor"

2.The question is Who is the most vulnerable and Who are the poorest people in Nigeria?

States that have been devastated by the evil arm of insurgency should be the major recipients of these stipends, but there are also states who have not been touched by Insurgency , but also need this kind of help urgently.

According to a news analyst, there are even suggestions that Lagos should be removed from the list of states to benefit from the 5,000 allowance?

Why? The only logical explanation is that many outside Lagos believe that the State is "stinkingly Rich" and this is only partly true as there are people who Live in Lagos who are the definition of Poor.

If I told you, I have a ratio of eating daily like 0-0-1, shouldn't I be entitled to the fund too? Just kidding, there are those that live on this ratio in Lagos, yet some people are suggesting they should be removed from the social program.

Moreover, there are those who live on a  far less ratio than what I just mentioned above, so the question of removing certain states from the list is out of it.

3.The question of Who is the poor is the Question? Who does the federal government understand as being poor?

According to the federal government, the pilot states that the program will commence at, have a "social register" that shows the number of poor people in the states. Good, but there are other states whose social standing is totally misconstrued.

However, the government needs to look and answer this question of who is poor or else this program will just end up being a money-laundering scheme for corrupt elements in the system who have been looking for a way to channel money illegally since the Anti-corruption regime took over the reigns of power.

4.Apart from this, there is also the question of the amount being paid? Is #5,000 enough or reasonable to be paid to poor people at this time?

While some pro-government supporters will argue with the phrase "half bread is better than none", but what if the half is not even enough at all?

The scheme we know,  does not make the poor get rich but to ease their burden even it's just a little, but look at it, can $10 /5000, ease the poor burden of a poor family of 5 in this current recession?

For those that support the government, there is also the saying that worth doing at all, is what doing well.

Nigeria is currently undergoing a recession,  it would be much better if the government was able to reverse the economic downturn rather than even paying this "stipend" as the press call it, those that call it that ( must be well to do, because, for those who are poor, that is a lot of cash, that is if Nigeria was not in recession.

With the recession, things have become expensive, the amount which Nigeria used to buy things in the last 2 years have tripled now. Like one analyst rightly said, the money is not just enough. The people who are getting this stipend are the people who buy Kerosene( if you live in Nigeria, you would understand) sold in bottles, not Kegs or Gallons or containers and he explained, How much Kerosene have gone up since 2016 when the government wanted to start the program.

Also another issue, one analyst asked the Special adviser to the vice president of Nigeria, I s how would these people get the money?

Banks of course, but to burst your bubble, the poor people and the most vulnerable that are meant to get these monies that, if the money gets to them, do not have bank accounts, have never used an ATM before.

5. How then are they going to get the money then?

How does a person who is an illiterate who sells pure water or ice water or who makes a living by refuse picking and whose income is not up to #1000 naira a day, and whose trusted way of saving is through local thrift way contribution or under their beds or pillows or wardrobes?

If these people don't have accounts, and the federal government is saying does included in the program have bank accounts and BVNs, who then is the government paying the #5,000 allowance to?


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