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FFI urges government to intensify efforts on cash transfer to vulnerable

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Female Future Initiatives (FFI), a non-governmental organisation, has urged Lagos State government to embrace mobile cash transfer strategy as a way of cushioning the effect of coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable Nigerians.

The group noted that the adoption would prevent massive gatherings, which could further fuel the spread of the disease, while the money would equally get to the right beneficiaries.

The body has commenced distribution of coronavirus N5, 000 naira cash relief targeted at women, widows and the girl-child to mitigate the hardships triggered by the Federal Government’s lockdown order.

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Founder of FFI, Modupe Ayinde, said the initiative was designed to empower the female gender and cater for the wellbeing of the aged as well as complement government’s efforts at alleviating hardship among Nigerians during this period.

While commending the state government for its effort at curtailing the spread of COVID-19, she urged the state to adopt measures that would enhance the distribution of palliatives.

She noted that issues of logistics, choice of beneficiaries, social distancing policy were part of the challenges surrounding palliatives distribution put in place by the state government.

Ayinde advised Nigerians to be cautious, ensure strict compliance with government policy, stay at home, maintain social distancing, practice good hygiene and be prayerful.

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