N5,000 Stipend: How We Identified Poorest People – Presidency

The presidency has given insight into how it identified and selected beneficiaries of the N5, 000 stipend in the Social Investment Programmes, SIP.

Contrary to accusation making round that the All Progressives Party, APC led Federal Government only paid the stipends to its party members, a clarification by the office of the Vice President who manages the scheme said that the poorest people were identified through a social register jointly created by the Federal and State Governments.

The statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande stated that the Community-Based Targeting, CBT, model of the World Bank was used to capture the poorest and vulnerable people across the country.

He noted that the model was put into use two years ago and had been able to generate registers for about nine states where the stipends were being paid now.

According to him, the registers were created before the present administration came on board and there was no way the government could have been partisan about it.

He explained that the Federal Government workers worked with their states and local governments’ counterpart to capture the names of the poorest and most vulnerable across the country using the World Bank Model.

“It started with the identification of poorest local government, then poorest community, follow by poorest household,” he said.

According to him, the criteria for the selection were based on the number of times they eat, the number of times the fumes of firewood go up from the house, the size of farmland or type of crops grown.

“At this stage, we now enumerate the members of the household and open a bank account for each of the caregivers by capturing the biometric data of households identified as among the poorest and vulnerable.”

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