FACT-CHECK: Is Federal Government Giving Covid19 Second Wave survival Fund?

VERDICT: False

CLAIM:

On Thursday, March 18, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a WhatsApp broadcast claiming that there is an ongoing distribution of Coronavirus (COVID-19) survival fund program for the second wave of the pandemic.

According to the broadcast, the program, an initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria is expected to make N30,000 available to successful applicants weekly to avoid prevent a negative impact of the pandemic on the people.

The message which read: “Hurry Up And Get ₦30,000 SurvivalFund . It takes fews {sic} seconds to apply. Dont miss this great opportunity”, also had a link attached to it.

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FACT:

Investigations carried out by the CDD reveal that the claim that FG is currently running N30,000 COVID-19 fund for citizens to survive the second wave of the pandemic is false.

Checks by the CDD showed that the link provided is a bait used by fraudsters to defraud innocent Nigerians.

More checks by the Centre also show that a three-way registration process, terms and conditions provided and attached to the site is a sponsor card of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) survival fund.

Also, on completing the registration process, applicants are required to share the message and the link on WhatsApp before accessing the expected grant.

Further investigations on the sponsors of the program showed that the only verifiable platform to access information on survival fund/grant is  survivalfund.gov.ng. Therefore, all information provided was wrong.

Conclusions:

The claim that the Federal Government is distributing N30,000 as a survival fund for the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is false.

The link provided and widely shared on WhatsApp is fake and was created by fraudsters to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica

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