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HomeExclusiveRelief As FG Inaugurates Emergency Database For Urban Poor

Relief As FG Inaugurates Emergency Database For Urban Poor

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By Babajide Okeowo

Poor Nigerians in the urban area who have been made poorer by the Coronavirus pandemic will soon have reasons to smile as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will on Tuesday at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja inaugurates COVID-19 Rapid Response Register (RRR), an emergency intervention database.

The database will comprise small business 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.

Communications Manager, National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO) Mr. Joe Abuku stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday 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 business 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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