Over twenty-six million poor and vulnerable people captured in the National Social Register – FG

The Federal Government says over twenty-six million poor and vulnerable people have been so far been captured in the National Social Register.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq made this known in Abuja at an Inter-Ministerial Dialogue on the National Social Register of the Poor and Vulnerable Households in Nigeria

Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq who said the government was committed to lifting the poor out of poverty explained, that the social Register has covered across the 36 States of the Federation including the FCT.

"As of 31st January 2021, out of the estimated 82.9 million (40.2 percent) Nigerians living below the poverty line, we have identified and registered  26.8 million poor and vulnerable individuals, equivalent to about 6.3 million households in our country. We are expecting another 20 million  to be added to the database and held in the Rapid Response Register – a shock responsive intervention register specifically targeted at urban informal workers impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. This database capacity is unprecedented in the history of our dear country "

The Minister, urged partners, and sister organizations to avail themselves with the rich database of the poor and vulnerable Nigerians at the Ministry's disposal to flatten the poverty curve in Nigeria.

” Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development now has the database that could provide evidence for impact tracing for most social development projects in Nigeria. We therefore welcome all partners, and sister organizations to avail themselves with the rich database of the poor and vulnerable Nigerians at our disposal. We assure you of our commitment to support any effort that contribute to the lifting of poor people in Nigeria out of poverty”

The National Coordinator of the National Social Safety Net Coordinating Office, Mr Iorwa Apera said the National Social Register was using a bottom to up community processes to achieve its objective with the help of relevant stakeholders.

” Community Based Targeting(CBT) targeting method designed to achieve the goal of identifying poor and vulnerable household correctly and efficiently . The main process uses approaches from geographic targeting for prioritisation of the geographies from Communities, Wards , and Local Government Areas to individual assessment”

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen and the Minister of Youths and Sports , Mr Sunday Dare promised to utilise the data available in the National Social Register to achieve their mandates.

The Representatives of the World Bank, UN Women, International Labour Organisation , United Nations Development Programme, and United Nations Children Fund gave testimonies that the data available in the National Social Register were accurate and reiterated their commitments to support Nigeria in the area of social protection towards poverty reduction and humanitarian interventions.

Hadiza Abdulrahman

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