Some communities in Lagos State have made it into the federal government’s National Social Register (NSR), the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, has disclosed.
Naija News understands that some of the communities where the verification exercise of the NSR is being carried out are Oko Agbon, Adogbo, Migbewhe, Makoko, Sogunro, and Apollo in Lagos State.
The minister said the exercise, which was flagged off in Lagos, is happening simultaneously across all the states of the federation.
She said the move, which is in line with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, is expected to last for three weeks, and it aims at confirming the integrity of the social register.
Edu, in a statement issued by her media aide, Rasheed Zubair, on Monday, said the president, through this, is about to put money in the pockets of Nigerian households to assist them in their businesses, education of their children, livelihood, and job creation.
Edu said: “Federal government is going to put money into the households in Nigerians to assist them in terms of their businesses, livelihood, education, to be able to pay fees for their children, improve access to social services, subsidize their daily transportation cost, give them spending power to provide for basic health care needs, job creation, etc.
“For us to do this, we need to verify the National Social Register, the President has approved that we go down to the grassroots and ensure that the National Social Register is a true reflection of truly poor people.
“We need to verify that people on the list live below one dollar 95 cents a day and are affected by multi-dimensional poverty and sincerely are those who need help; those who have no business being there should be removed those who need to be on the register should be included.
“We are doing both community targeting and geographical targeting, we have seen that certain areas of Oko Agbon, Adogbo, Migbewhe, Makoko, Sogunro, and Apollo villages have been covered by NSR, while certain areas have not been captured, we will capture them.
“The activities we will flag off here are being carried out across the country, working with states and communities. Our State Governors will chair the steering committee in the states while the Local Government Areas and Community Leaders will be involved to get NSR with Integrity.
“We want to ensure that those who will be getting the money are those who truly need it with zero political, social or personal interference.”