Kaduna captures 2.1m poor, vulnerable in Social Register

The Kaduna State government says it has captured 2.1 million individuals from 524,424 Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) in its Social Register.

The Coordinator of the State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU), Planning and Budget Commission, Nina Dawong, made this known at a one-day media roundtable on the state of the State Social Register.

Dawong explained that SOCU was saddled with the responsibility of generating and maintaining the Social Register of the poor and vulnerable households in the State.

She explained that the data was mined by the Federal Government in the delivery of its Cash Transfer programme and other social protection programmes.

According to her, the 524,424 PVHHs consist of 2.1 million individuals in 166 wards, from 5,504 communities across the 23 local government areas of the state.

The coordinator added that populating the register commenced with 16,494 PVHHs and 71,305 individuals in 2017 and grew over the years to 524,424 PVHHs with 2,051,972 individuals as of February 2021.

She said that 93.6 percent of the 524,424 PVHHs live in rural areas, while 6.4 percent were in urban centres, adding that Kachia LGA has the highest number of PVHHs, with 41,205 PVHHs captured in the register, followed by Sanga with 37,508 PVHHs and Kajuru LGA with 36,233 PVHHs.

Dawong identified the local government areas with the least number of PVHHs in the register as Zangon Kataf with 9,222 households, Soba with 10,388 households and Jema’a with 11,027.

She added that the register would be made available for development partners, organisations and non-governmental organisations to mine from for various social protection interventions.

The Head of Operations, SOCU, Biya Dogon, explained that the register was being generated through a comprehensive process known as Community Based Targeting (CBT).

Mr. Dogon explained that through the process, the community defines poverty and identifies those that should be captured in the register.

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