The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, says her ministry will deploy technology, such as GPS, to ensure palliatives reach the majority of Nigerians.
She said this as as a guest on The Morning Show on Arise TV.
Edu said, “I think the aspect of having people come together or come to one particular location to pick up their palliatives is not really very helpful. For us, I think it will be better to improve on the logistics and deliver palliatives to their doorsteps where they live.
“That way, they can sign off on it and you are assured that this family has received it. Of course, technology can tell exactly where a person is and truly this has been delivered to this specific location.”
When quizzed on how she would know that such had been delivered by Oseni Rufai, one of the anchors on the programme, she said, “Like, I said, it is a GPS thing. It is not just about the numbering thing.
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“So, from the GPS things… there are many applications that can be used to monitor where a person is and if it has been delivered to particular places. Of course, you have all the logistic companies that use all these applications to deliver. We can deploy them and that’s why we said private sector collaboration.”
Recall that as part of measures to cushion the effect of the hardship on Nigerians occasioned by the subsidy removal, President Bola Tinubu approved the sum of N5bn for each state to be used as palliatives for Nigerians.