Nigeria’s government has commenced the payment of 5,000 naira each a month to one million people classified as the “most vulnerable”.
The scheme is part of the governing party’s election campaign pledge to create a safety net for the poorest section of society.
The government says payments started last week in nine out of 36 Nigeria’s states.
There have been concerns that the authorities may find it to select beneficiaries as there is no proper database in the country.
Nigeria is in the grip of a recession, making it more difficult for people to come out financially.