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President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that 1, 000, 000 more Nigerians will be incorporated into the Social Investment Programme (SIP) just as he extended the stay at home order by another 14 days.
The president made this known in a nationwide broadcast on Monday, April 13, 2020 shortly Mr President addressed Nigerians in a nationwide broadcast.
“ I have also directed that the current social register be expanded from 2.6 million households to 3.6 million households in the next two weeks.
“This means we will support an additional one million homes with our social investment programs.
“A technical committee is working on this and will submit a report to me by the end of this week,” he said.
Since the first 14-day lockdown began, the government officials have been dolling out N20, 000 to those it described at the most vulnerable and poorest Nigerians.
The president extended the order so as to consolidate on the result achieved on measures put in place to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus virus, which had killed 10 people in Nigeria according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control data as at April 13, 2020
Millions of Nigerians who listened to the president said his speech was not inspiring, stating that the stay at home order would only increase the rate of crime rate across the country.
In some parts of Ogun, Lagos some residents whose means of livelihood depended on daily business had resorted in criminal activity to sustain themselves.
Buhari who said it’s a very difficult decision stated that it’s necessary “ knowing fully well it will severely disrupt your livelihoods and bring undue hardship to you, your loved ones and your communities.”