FG to expand Social Register, targets 20 million poor Nigeria-Sadiya Farouq

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Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, says the Federal Government is set to make the National Social Register (NSR) more interactive.

The NSR is a database of poor and weak households in Nigeria

On Tuesday, Farouq said the federal government would establish further collaborations among related stakeholders on poverty reduction, social protection and humanitarian interventions.

She said as of January 31, out of the estimated 82.9 million (40.2 per cent) Nigerians living below the poverty line, the government has identified and registered 26.8 million poor and vulnerable individuals.

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According to her, this is equivalent to about 6.3 million households in our nation.

“We are expecting another 20 million to be added to the database, specifically targeted at urban informal workers impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic,” Farouq stated.

She explained that her ministry was mandated to socialize and create demand for using the NSR for social development initiatives across various levels of governments.

The minister added that it was also to supply the needed database for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for interventions.

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