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FG launches COVID-19 register to empower poor city dwellers

The Federal Government (FG) has created and launched a Rapid Response Register (RRR) for the poor in urban area affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 register is an emergency intervention database for the urban poor adversely affected by the pandemic.

This programme was launched by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo yesterday and would see the FG share N5000 monthly to about one million households.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity Vice President’s, Laolu Akande said: “Osinbajo today launched a technology-based Rapid Response Register which identifies urban poor people who in the next 6 months will receive N5000 monthly. In all 1 million households will benefit from this especially cash transfer being implemented by the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry.”

While inaugurating the COVID-19 Rapid Response Registration (RRR) Cash Transfer Project, the Vice President said: “As of Dec. 31, 2020, we have identified and registered about 24.3 million poor and vulnerable individuals into the National Social Register; equivalent to about 5.7 million households.

“Through this project, we are currently injecting about N10billion directly into the hands of about two million poor and vulnerable households every month.

“This social protection method of targeting is the first strategy to be developed and tested in the Sub-Saharan Africa region and Nigeria will be the first country for its implementation.

“With the RRR, which uses a wholly technology-based approach, we are primed to achieve an end-to-end digital foot-print in cash transfers for the urban poor.”

The Vice President also added that the implementation of the scheme would enable Nigeria to achieve its financial inclusion policy under the Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access programme (EFInA).


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