A group, the Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition (KADSPAC) has commended the state government for engaging members of the community in the identification and documentation of Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) in developing the state’s Social Register.
The Chairperson of the group, Ms Jessica Bartholomew made the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , on Friday in Kafachan, Kaduna.
Bartholomew, who spoke on the sideline of a three-day training of Community-Based Targeting Teams (CBTT), said that community-driven approach to government interventions was key to building the needed public trust and sustainability of the programme.
She said that the community-based targeting allowed the community to identify, validate and select specific members of the community that met the criteria of PVHHs to be enrolled in the register.
“This is in line with the guidelines of the National Social Safety-Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO) to ensure community participation and ownership.
“The community-led approach is a clear evidence of citizens engagement in the formulation and implementation of government programmes in the state,” she said.
Bartholomew also lauded the state government for engaging Civil Society Organsations (CSOs) and media in the process of identification and documentation of the PVHHs.
She particularly commended the state’s Focal Person on National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP), Mrs Saude Atoyebi for partnering with CSOs and media in rolling out social protection programmes in the state.
The chairperson called on the targeting teams and enumerators saddled with the responsibility of supporting the communities to identify and capture the PVHHs, to carry out the task devoid of politics.
According to her, generating accurate data of the poor and vulnerable households in the state is crucial in the delivery of social protection interventions to the targeted group.
“Capturing the wrong people in the register will thwart the main goal of social protection interventions.
“Therefore, generating accurate data is the only way that government interventions will get to the targeted group.
“It is, therefore, imperative to ensure that the data is accurate so that no PVHHs will be deprived of being protected from vulnerability and economic shocks,” she said.
Atoyebi had explained at the opening of the training in Kaduna that the State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU) had been working tirelessly to update the PVHHs register in the state.
She said that the state had captured more than 130,000 PVHHs in nine Local Government Areas namely: Kachia; Sanga, Kauru, Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Kajuru, Ikara, Kubau and Lere.
She added that Gov. Nasir El-Rufai had directed that all PVHHs in all the LGAs be captured in the social register for planning and delivery of social protection interventions.
“The effort is being supported by the state government and guided by NASSCO,” she said.
NAN reports that training is taking place simultaneously in the three Senatorial Zones to build the capacity of the CBTTs and enumerators on community-based targeting processes.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Rabiu Sani Ali (NAN)