The Federal Government on Thursday launched a community-based single register for the poor and vulnerable aimed at reducing extreme poverty in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo launched the register at the end of a three-day Social Protection Cross-Learning Conference in Abuja.
The Vice President who was represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment, Mrs Maryam Uwais said that about 120 million Nigerians, representing 60 per cent of the population, lived on less than two dollars per day.
For us as a government, tackling this problem is crucial to ensuring inclusive growth where all Nigerians are part of the country’s development process.
In our resolve to address this problem, we decided to formulate a National Social Safety Net Programme (NASSAP) which is a single register that will remove errors of inclusion and exclusion.
It will also insulate beneficiaries selection from political influence and traditional distortions.
He also informed that the single register was established on the basis of a well-thought out community-based targeting approach where communities would be able to identify the poor households amongst themselves.
Osinbajo said a manual which would guide the register inorder to ensure that state governments, development partners and other interested organisations have confidence in the process had been developed.
This platform can then be utilised for their own interventions given our current limited resources, the need to maximise the benefits of the use of single register cannot be overemphasised.
Mr Muhammad Wudil, the Chairman House Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Services, said that the committee was working hard to reduce poverty in the country to minimal level in the next four years.
We are working hard to meet the first target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on addressing poverty by supporting programmes that would create jobs and alleviate poverty.
Meanwhile, information obtained on the single register manual for poor and vulnerable indicate that it would redress the inability of previous efforts to address poverty.