Following the experience of the lockdown orchestrated by COVID-19 and difficulty in reaching out to socially excluded homes, Kaduna State Government has commenced the process of capturing Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHH) into the social register in 14 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
Already, the federal government had captured nine of the 23 local governments, representing 30 percent of poor and vulnerable homes in the national social register. The state government is now extending the capturing to the remaining 14 LGAs to develop a complete register.
Coordinator, State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU) in the Ministry of Planning and Budget Commission, Nina Dawong hinted participants at a three-day workshop on social protection organised by Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition (KADSPAC) held in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Explaining how that was being done she said, each LGA has three teams and each team was expected to carry out pre-sensitisation in 10 communities in the first phase which would be followed by community sensitisation, mobilisation and engagement before the main enumeration.
She further added that, a total of 420 communities would be covered in the first phase in the next three weeks, after which another set of 420 communities would be mapped out and covered.
“This will go on until all communities are covered. We, therefore, expect that Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) will monitor the processes to ensure that all processes are duly followed for quality data generation.
“We equally want the CSOs to sensitize and mobilise community members to ensure success of the exercise,” she said.
“The process is called community-based targeting and carried out by LGAs staff called Community-Based Targeting Teams (CBTT).
“We have been working since 2016 in nine LGAs and currently captured more than 130,000 poor and vulnerable households and recently sponsored a training of CBTTs in the remaining 14 LGAs.
“We are excited to be collaborating with CSOs to ensure wider acceptance of the register to help the government in planning and stakeholders for some form of interventions.
“Our principal aim is to have a credible, error free data that will be acceptable by all”, she said.
Sent by Sola Ojo