Cross River State Government in partnership with the World Bank has trained one hundred and eight youths as enumerators for the Social safety net programme.
Dr Inyang Asibong, the State Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, while flagging off training of the enumerators exercise in Calabar, said their responsibilities was to locate and identify the very poor and vulnerable citizens across the state.
Dr. Asibong added that the National Social Safety Net Coordinating Office (NASSCO) will supervise the enumerators who will move round communities to identify the visibly poor and vulnerable citizens in line with the State Government policy under Professor Ben Ayade.
She urged all the stakeholder, especially the local Government Chairmen to take ownership of the process and building of the social register. In her words
“The National Social Safety Net Coordinating Office (NASSCO), is a World Bank project in partnership with the Federal and State Governments to train youths as enumerators towards carrying out the given tasks of putting smiles on the faces of the poor and vulnerable households in Cross River State.
“Your diligent work can only guarantee this noble task by being dedicated to your assigned duties” she stated.
Mr. Chris Anake, the Cross River State Coordinator of NASSCO, on his part assured that all the poor and vulnerable households in the State will be identified, validated and selected for different interventions.
Mr. Akwaji Timothy, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of International Development Cooperation (MIDC), harped on the need to rapidly increase the number of identified poor and vulnerable households across the State.
He said the funds for interventions like the Youths Public Workfare scheme, the Conditional Cash Transfer and the N-CARES project can only be accessed based on the number of beneficiaries in the State Social Register.