Osinbajo To Inaugurate ‘COVID-19 Induced’ Poverty Register

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will on Tuesday inaugurate the COVID-19 Rapid Response Register (RRR), an emergency intervention database, for the urban poor made poorer by the pandemic.

The Communications Manager, National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO) Mr. Joe Abuku made this known in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.

He said the register would identify Nigerians, who had sunk deeper into poverty as a result of the economic shocks caused by the pandemic.

“This register is being built by NASSCO as an expansion of the existing National Social Safety Nets Project (NASSP). It targets small businesses owners, street vendors, petty traders, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and service providers.

“Others are low wage employed individuals and families, including daily wage-based labourers, urban poor and destitute (persons with disabilities), and vulnerable families in slum areas, affected by the pandemic,” he said.

According to him, the register, being put together by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, through NASSCO, and in partnership with the World Bank.

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