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NewsEl-Rufai urges vulnerable  residents to register for FG's Rapid  Response Register.

El-Rufai urges vulnerable  residents to register for FG’s Rapid  Response Register.

By Femi Mustapha


Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El- Rufai has urged vulnerable residents in the eligible nine local governments and 42 wards,  to register for the Federal government’s  Rapid Response Register (RRR).


El-Rufai stated this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna.


The statement noted that the registration process is simple, as it involves dialing a specific USSD code (*969#).


The Rapid Response Register is the federal government’s intervention targeted at cushioning the devastating economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on urban and semi-urban poor, especially daily wage earners that were affected by the “lockdown”.


According to the statement,  local governments that are  eligible in the first wave include: Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Kudan, Zaria, Kaura, Igabi, Sanga, Jema’a, Kagarko, Lere, Kachia, Soba, Giwa, Zangon Kataf, Ikara, Kajuru and Kauru.


The governor however said that ‘’ward specific codes will be made available within the next few days.’’


‘’Eligible persons can also call the National Social Safety Nets Programme (NASSP) Call Centre: 969. Residents of the selected wards may receive SMS from NASSP which they are expected to reply to if they consider themselves eligible.


‘’Applicants for the Rapid Response Register that successfully register and are validated will receive N5,000 monthly for six (6) months under an expanded cash transfer programme of the federal government,’’ he added.

El-Rufai promised that the Kaduna State Social Investment (KADSIO), through the Kaduna State Operations Coordinating Unit (KADSOCU), will commence sensitization in the LGAs concerned in the coming weeks.

‘’There will also be the placement of jingles and announcements on TV and Radio, including featured audience participatory TV and Radio discussions on the Covid-19 Cash Transfer, as well as the circulation of Information, Education and Communications materials (IEC),’’ he said.

The governor reiterated that the ‘’APC led administration, under the able leadership of His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, remains resolute in its effort to deliver on inclusive and sustainable development that leaves no one behind.’’

Governor  El-Rufa’i stated that his administration is supporting the federal government’s   RRR  with many other interventions, including Free Medical Care for Pregnant Women and Children Under 5.

He also listed other interventions like  ‘’Kaduna Start-up and Entrepreneurship Scheme; Free Education up to the end of Secondary School including free Uniforms; State Contributory Pension Scheme; Kaduna State Women Empowerment Fund; 6 months paid maternity leave for Government employees; Social Housing Programme; Contributory Health Insurance Scheme (KACHMA). ‘’


According to the governor, the interventions ‘’are objectively designed and tailored to meet the needs of our people, especially those at the bottom of the economic pyramid.’’


El-Rufai reminded that the state government’s efforts alone will never be enough, adding that a positive response by residents is critical.


‘’For this purpose, I once again urge our people to take advantage of this gesture by the federal government to register for this intervention,’’ he further said.


He called on residents to support the ongoing process of building a robust Social Register, which is a database of Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) that can be leveraged upon for informed planning.


‘’To achieve this, cooperation is needed for residents identified for inclusion in the Social Register to submit their National Identification Numbers (NINs), Bank Account details, and other relevant information that may be requested by Community Based Targeting (CBT) officers assigned for the task,’’  he added.


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