ANAMBRA State Government has disclosed that 29, 214 poor and vulnerable households in the state will benefit from the federal government’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Cash Transfer Programme to improve living.
This was disclosed in Awka, during the stakeholders’ sensitisation on Rapid Response Register (RRR), where the Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, Mark Okoye, said that the measure was to cushion the effect of the pandemic.
The programme was originated by Anambra State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU), in collaboration with the National Social Safety Net Coordinating Office (NASSCO) under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
The commissioner was represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Dr Dan Ezeanwa, who disclosed that nine local councils selected to benefit from the RRR programme include: Anambra West, Ayamelum, Awka North, Dunukofia, Ekwusigo, Onitsha South, Ogbaru, Oyi and Orumba North.
“The RRR will be used to implement a cash transfer programme to a total of 29, 214 poor, vulnerable households from urban and semi-urban wards of Anambra for an initial period of six months.
The selection is based on the scientific method of Satellite Remote Sensing Technology (SRST) Machine learning (ML), Algorithm and Big Data Analysis, which provided the basis for ranking the wards according to poverty index and availability of resources”, he said.
Also, he said that the digital identification using the unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) link of telecommunications facility by dialing a unique code to access the application portal. The identification exercise will be followed by enumeration and validation exercises.
The commissioner also said that enumerators would meet applicants at their different locations in which some information would be given such as National Identification Number (NIN) and bank account details and those registered would be paid through a digitalised payment system in their bank accounts and the SMS messages will commence on May 24 to May 31 for Anambra Zone.
It was disclosed also that the state government had been partnering with the federal government in various social intervention programmes, adding that the programmes were aligned to the federal government’s agenda of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2025.