(By Chris K.Amadi) – On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Nigeria recorded 16 new confirmed cases of people testing positive to CONV-19, with Delta and Katsina states having index cases. This brings the total number of confirmed case to 254, with 44 discharged and six deaths. This information was confirmed by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Tuesday, even as the Federal Government has commenced the disbursement of N446.6 million to 22,380 poor and vulnerable households in local government areas of Kaduna State.
News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports indicated the Focal Person on Social Investment Programme in the state, Mrs Saude Atoyebi, as saying that each household would receive N20,000, being payment for the months of January, February, March and April at N5,000 per month.
While explaining that the beneficiaries were from the National Social Register and the State Social Register of poor and vulnerable households, the Focal person observed that the money will significantly help benefiting households to cope with the hardship being experienced following the lock down of some states to contain the spread of Coronavirus.
It would be recalled that, the National Cash Transfer also known as Households Uplifting Programme commenced in 2016, and according to Mrs Saude Atoyebi, the implementation of the programme is being carried out at the state level through the State Cash Transfer Unit.
Meanwhile, two pilots working for Carveton Helicopters have been arrested in Rivers state for violating the flight restriction regulation into the state. They were accused of illegally transporting expatriates to the State, and Governor Ezenwo Wike has charged the police to prosecute the matter to its logical conclusion to serve as a deterrent to others.
Recall that the Rivers state Government had banned local flight from coming into the State in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, and the action and other measure were intended to check the spread of the infection in the state.