BY AHMED TUKUR, LAFIA – The Nasarawa State Government on Wednesday announced that about 200, 000 vulnerable households are to benefit in the Federal Government Social Intervention Programme (SIP).

Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdullahi Sule on Social Investment Programme and Humanitarian Services, Mr Imran Jibrin, who announced this during the flag-off of the second phase at Government House, Lafia, said 48,000 out of the 200,000 have so far benefited in the first phase of the programme in the state.

Jibrin said the training of the second batch of the vulnerable households is targeted at the remaining seven Local Government Areas of Doma, Keana, Obi, Nasarawa-Eggon, Keffi, Karu and Toto.

According to him; “We started with six Local Government Areas namely Akwanga, Lafia, Wamba, Nasarawa, Kokona and Awe. We are now going to train the remaining seven.

In his remarks, Governor Abdullahi Sule said the exercise is to enable the government register and enroll the poor and vulnerable households into the National Social Register which will be used for the facilitation of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) of the Social Investment Programme (SIP) of the Federal Government.

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Sule explained that the National Social Safety Net Programme launched by the federal government in 2017 is aimed at establishing a Single Social Register for the poor and most vulnerable households in Nasarawa State.

He said the second phase of training of Enumerators on the Community Based Targeting Team (CBTT) for the federal government’s Social Intervention Programme (SIP) is earmarked for seven local government areas in the state.

In his words; “The second phase training is in continuation of the generation of Social Register in the state via a community based targeting process for the seven remaining local government areas in Nasarawa State.

“The training is handled by the Nasarawa State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU) in collaboration with National Social Safety-Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO) and the Nasarawa State Government,” Sule said.

Nasarawa State has already domesticated the Social Investment Programme (SIP) with a view to addressing unemployment and improve on the living conditions of the poorest citizens and to tackle the pervasive poverty prevalence in the state.

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