By Danladi Al-Hassan
The Federal Government has disclosed that it has registered a total of 3,031,065 individuals and 755, 112 households in the ongoing National Social Register being handled by the National Social Safety-Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO).
The exercise would provide a gateway for people to register and be considered for potential inclusion in social programs.
In 2017, the Federal Government had said it would register about five million Nigerians in the National Social Register for the poor and vulnerable households.
The 2019 report which was signed by Apera Iorwa, NASSCO’s National Coordinator, registration has been carried out in 26 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The states are Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ekiti, FCT, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Taraba and Zamfara.
Of all the three million people registered, only 3.22% are persons living with various forms of disabilities.
The breakdown also showed that 1,499,042 were males while 1,532,023 were females.
Katsina had the highest number of vulnerable households with a nominal value of 113,268 households and 507,160 individuals.
The NSR has state coordinating offices set up in all but one state with a Memorandum of Understanding signed with 36 states and the FCT.
The report states that NASSCO will formally inform social intervention stakeholders on the data availability of Poor, Vulnerable households for mining.