The Kaduna State Government has so far captured 265,275 Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) in its Social Register.
Mr Biya Dogon, Head of Operations, State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU), Planning and Budget Commission, made this known on Wednesday in Kaduna at a two-day 4th Quarter Review Meeting of the Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition (KADSPAC).
Dogon said that the register was being compiled via a comprehensive process known as Community Based Targeting (CBT), where the community would define poverty and identify those that should be captured in the register.
He said that the CBT process began in 2017 in nine pilot Local Government Areas (LGAs) — Ikara, Kubau, Lere, Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Kajuru, Kachia, Kauru and Sanga.
“However, in May 2020, the process was scaled up to the remaining 14 LGAs, thus covering the entire state.
“The State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU) is saddled with the responsibility of generating and maintaining the Social Register of the poor and vulnerable households in the state.
“The process is ongoing until all poor and vulnerable households in the state are captured for the planning and implementation of social protection programmes,” he said.
Dogon said that the data was mined by the Federal Government in the delivery of its Cash Transfer programme and other social protection programmes.
He noted that the register was also being made available for development partners, organisations, non-governmental organisations to use for their various social protection interventions.
He commended KADSPAC for tracking the CBT process and disseminating its findings to the SOCU office.
He said that the observations and recommendations would improve the CBT process, while ensuring accountability and transparency in populating the register.
Earlier, Ms Jessica Bartholomew, the Chairperson, KADSPAC, said that the meeting was organised to review activities conducted in the 4th quarter.
“This is very crucial for us to take stock of successes, challenges and suggest ways of improvement, while we plan for 2021,” she said
Also speaking, Mr Tanko Langaya, State team Lead, Save the Children International, described KADSPAC as the “pillar’’ of his organisation in promoting transparency and accountability in social protection in the state.
Langaya said that her organisation would also continue to support the state government in building strong systems and institutions needed for the delivery of inclusive social protection services to the poor and vulnerable.