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FG Commences State Social Register In Nasarawa

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By fatima Moh’d ali, Abuja

The federal government of Nigeria, through the National Social Safety Net Coordinating Office (NASSCO) has commenced processes towards building a social register of Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) in Nasarawa State to serve as a repository for all social interventions in the state.

The process began with the training of the State Operations Coordinating Unit(SOCU) and State MDAs responsible for Budget and Planning staff, Community Based Targeting Teams (CBTT) as well as Enumerators selected from the six poorest local government to build the State Social Register (SSR) of poor and vulnerable households.

The national coordinator, NASSCO, Mr Peter Papka, who spoke at the opening ceremony of the training in Lafia, Nasarawa State, stated that the social register is expected to warehouse data of poor and vulnerable households (PVHHs),which can be used for all social interventions in the state.He said that the exercise was part of the Federal Government’s efforts to alleviate poverty and empower the poor and vulnerable households in the country.

The national coordinator, who was represented by the Head of the National Social Registry (NSR), Mr Vincent Oriokpa, noted that while past Governments spending on poverty reduction interventions has been on the increase, there has not been commensurate movement of people out of poverty but rather people are getting poorer.

The NC stated that in recognition of this unacceptable trend and its implication to national development, a holistic diagnoses of these issues indicates weak partnership between tiers of governments even though no tier can deal with the issues of poverty all alone; the use of top-down decision in identifying pro-poor programs; inappropriate targeting process relying on political patronage in the past, poor coordination at all levels as well as weak performance tracking.

Papka made it known that in dealing with the issues;NASSCO is building stronger institutions and systems to sustain poverty reduction interventions through establishing partnership between tiers of government; devolving responsibility to communities in identifying the poor and vulnerable.

He added that building a social register of the poor and vulnerable and developing a robust Monitoring and Evaluation (ME) and Management Information System (MIS) interface at all levels would help to address the challenges facing poverty reduction program.

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