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Body commends Kaduna for social register dev’t



The National Social Safety-Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO) on Saturday commended the Kaduna State Government for taking steps to develop its social register 100 per cent.

The Coordinator, Mr Iorwa Apera, gave the commendation in Kafanchan, while addressing Community-Based Targeting Teams (CBTTs) and enumerators undergoing training on community-based targeting processes of Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the CBTTs and the enumerators were being trained to support communities in the identification and capturing of PVHHs into the state social register.

NASSCO, under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is building a National Social Register and coordinating livelihood support to extremely poor and vulnerable households in the country.

Apera, who was represented by the Acting Head of the National Social Register (NSR), Mr Mohammed Bala, explained that the expansion of the NSR was a gradual process.

He said that NASSCO begun building the NSR with 30 per cent coverage across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

He added that no state would be allowed to proceed to capture the remaining 70 per cent of the PVHHs until the coverage of the 30 per cent was completed.

But Kaduna state who is currently building the social register in nine Local Government Areas applied for approval to speed up the capturing process to 100 per cent.

“The state agreed to sponsor the training of the CBTTs and enumerators to support the capturing of the remaining 70 per cent PVHHs in all the local government areas of the state.

“This is the first of its kind in the country.

“I commended the Kaduna state government for keying into the project and for financing the training in ensuring that all poor and vulnerable households in the state are captured in the social register,” he said.

The coordinator explained that the community-based targeting process was one of the most important aspect of the process involved in identifying and capturing of PVHHs in the social register.

According to him, the CBT teams were being trained to ensure that they engage and support the communities in the process of building the social register.

He said that facilitation of the training in the three centers, one in each Senatorial Zone was impressive, adding that social distancing protocol was strictly adhered to.

The coordinator explained that the NSR was the aggregation of all the state social register designed to aid the states and the federal government in planning, particularly for the poor and vulnerable.

Also speaking, Mrs Nina Dawong, Coordinator, State Operations Coordination Unit of the National Social Safety-Nets Programme, urged the CBTTs and enumerators to consider the assignment as a call to serve humanity.

Dawong advised them to strictly adhere to the social distancing protocol and other preventive measures against coronavirus while in the field.

Similarly, Mr Ahmed Muhammad, Zonal Officer, North West and North East, Management Information System Office, urged the enumerators to be diligent in carrying out their task to ensure reliable data.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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