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FG Sacks Contractors Distributing Money To Poor Households

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Sadiya Umar Farouq.
Sadiya Umar Farouq.

The Federal Government has sacked some of its contractors charged with distributing money to poor households over delay in disbursing the funds.

This was revealed by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.

The Payment service providers whose contracts were terminated are those in Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, and Zamfara respectively.

She earlier said the ministry had commenced cash transfer to the poorest households in the country to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The PSP which contracts were terminated are Data Mining Company and Innovative NIPOST.

According to her, the termination is in line with the procurement guidelines to ensure that payments commenced in the affected states on or before 28.

“The Federal Government cannot accept delays in the current payment round of N20,000 stipends to beneficiaries in poor and vulnerable households under any excuse in the four states or any other state of the federation,” the statement said.

“The failure of any payment service providers to meet their contractual agreement is unacceptable.

“The Federal Government through the Ministry cannot allow contractors to derail the immediate CCT to the poor and the vulnerable.”

Adelowo Adegboyega
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