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Social register records 2.1m poor, vulnerable Kaduna residents

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Kaduna State government said 2.1 million individuals from 524,424 Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) have been captured in its social register.

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

Earlier, the Executive Director, Jalad Media Concept, Joshua James, who coordinated the roundtable, explained that the engagement was to promote interactions between SOCU and the media. According to him, media engagement is key to ensuring that citizens are well informed about government activities and intervention to enlist their support.

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While presenting the data, 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 Federal Government in the delivery of its Cash Transfer programme and other social protection programmes mined its data.

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

She said that the 524,424 PVHHs consist of 2.1 million individuals in 166 wards, from 5,504 communities across the state 23 local councils.

She said 93.6 per cent of the 524,424 PVHHs live in rural areas, while 6.4 per cent are in urban centres. She said Kachia Local Council has the highest number of 41,205 PVHHs, followed by Sanga with 37,508 PVHHs and Kajuru with 36,233 PVHHs.

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