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127,754 urban poor to get FG COVID-19 cash transfer in Kaduna



No fewer than 227,754 urban poor will benefit from Federal Government Expanded Cash Transfer Programme in Kaduna State, the Coordinator, Mrs Nina Dawong, has said.

Dawong stated this in chat with newsmen in Kaduna yesterday.

According to her, the beneficiaries would be captured in the COVID-19 Rapid Response Register (RRR), explaining the scheme as an intervention under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

On modalities of the programme, she added that the intervention was to identify and document urban and semi-urban poor that have lost their source of income and became poorer from the harsh economic impact of COVID-19, stating further that the RRR was being built nationwide by the National Social Safety-Nets Coordination Office as an expansion of the existing National Social Safety Nets Project, targeting non-traditional poor in urban and high-density locations with registered individuals or households in the rapid response earning N5000 monthly for at least six months to boost their consumption and help to build their resilience.

“Unlike the Conditional Cash Transfer where beneficiaries are selected from the Social Register of the poorest of the poor and receive monthly stipends for three years, the RRR targets urban poor and beneficiaries will receive stipends for only six months. To benefit from the programme, a person must have a phone number living within the targeted geographic area mainly in urban poor areas. The individual or households must also pass the validation checks that established the impact of the pandemic on their means of livelihood,” she said.

On her own, the state coordinator said that geographical satellite remote sensing technology would be used to locate the urban poor wards and high-density settlements, adding that targeting and enrollment of beneficiaries would be done using cellphone short messaging service technology that will allow residents of identified communities to register.

“This will be completed by following simple steps via Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) codes, integrated with the National Living Standard Survey assessment.  The target groups include small business owners, street vendors, petty traders, small and medium enterprises, service providers, low wage price sector employees including wage-based labourers. Others are urban poor and destitute such as persons with disabilities and vulnerable households in slum areas affected by the pandemic,” she said.

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