Lagos plans to raise social register to five million in 2022
Lagos State Government has said that it is planning to increase the number of the poor and vulnerable on its single social register from over 2.2 million to five million.
National Co-ordinator, National Social Safety Nets Co-ordinating Office (NASSCO), Mr. Apere Iorwa, disclosed this at a forum organised by the Lagos State Operations Co-ordinating Unit (LASOCU) in Ikeja.
Iorwa, who spoke via zoom, said they were partnering with the World Bank to ensure that the state realises this objective.
Co-ordinator, LASOCU, Mrs. Oluwakemi Adedeji, said that Lagos Single Social Register (LSSR) is akin to a database of the poor and vulnerable households with a view to eradicating poverty.
She said that of the figure, the self-employed (in agriculture) accounts for the highest with 25.99 per cent, followed by the unemployed with 15.91 per cent and unpaid family workers, 0.04 per cent.
The NASSCO National Co-ordinator praised Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his efforts in the sub-sector, noting that Lagos has set the pace, which other states now follow.
Also, while the Special Adviser to the Governor on Economic Planning and Budget, Adebayo Solade, sought more efforts to abolish poverty, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Adetutu Liadi, was optimistic that the full implementation of the register would lead to boosting health and well-being of the people.
The World Bank had, in 2016 announced that about five million people that included the poor and vulnerable would get access to safety net programmes by the end of the outgoing year through the help of a $500 million loan from the International Development Association (IDA).
The Federal Government also invested $1.3 billion in the National Safety Nets project (NASSP).