The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development have alerted Nigerians to avoid being scammed by fraudsters who parade themselves as agents of the Ministry in the disbursement of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Register.
The Ministry made this known on Monday while debunking a post by a social media page which claimed it could facilitate the disbursement of COVID-19 RRR to applicants who could contact the number 07047328536.
“DO NOT FALL FOR THIS SCAM. The page is Fake. Don’t call any numbers claiming to be from NASSCO,” the Ministry warned.
The NASSCO COVID-19 Rapid Response Register will record a massive disbursement of the N30,000 NASSCO COVID-19 RRR cash transfer to the second batch of beneficiaries of the Programme in September 2022.
All preparation has been put in place to commence the disbursement of the NASSCO COVID-19 RRR to over 2 Million beneficiaries in the second batch within the period.
The N30,000 COVID-19 RRR cash transfer is a lump sum of N5,000 monthly cash transfer for six months duration of the COVID-19 RRR Cash Transfer Programme.
Following the wrap-up of the first phase of the COVID-19 RRR Cash Transfer Programme in June 2022, the National Social Safety-Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO) said it has embarked on $800m NASSP Scale Up designed to pay cash transfers to 10.2 million Nigerians.
NASSCO stated that the programme is targeting more potential beneficiaries, adding that the Rapid Response Register project is not ending anytime soon.
Recall that the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, during the launch of the COVID-19 RRR in December 2020 noted that over a 24.3million poor and vulnerable individuals were to be identified and registered in the National Social Register which will be equivalent to about a 5.7million households.
The Rapid Response Register (RRR) for COVID-19 Cash Transfer, a World Bank-supported National Social Safety Nets Project, is an intervention by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to identify and document the Urban and Semi-urban poor who have lost their income streams and consequently become poorer from the hash economic impact of COVID-19.
The Register is being built nationwide as an expansion of the existing National Social Safety Nets Project (NASSP) to target those in this category of non-traditional poor in urban and high-density locations and/or slums where the COVID-19 Pandemic has affected economic life.
Individuals/Households captured under the COVID-19 Rapid Response Register are paid N5,000 for a period of 6 Months.