April 16, 2024

A’Ibom targeting 600,000 households for intervention programmes

A former lawmaker, Otuekong Sunny Jackson Udoh has advised Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umoh Eno to show wisdom and magnanimity after his triumph at the Supreme Court last Thursday.

Gov Umo Eno

By Egufe Yafugborhi & Chioma Onuegbu

Akwa Ibom State Government has said   it is targeting the 600,000 households captured in the state’s Social Register for its various intervention programmes designed to ameliorate the current economic hardship faced in the state.

The commissioner of  Economic Development, Mr Emem Bob, disclosed this in Uyo on Monday during the ministerial briefing on ARISE Scorecard, with the theme: ” Food Sufficiency and Security: The Intervention and Sustainability Strategy of Governor Umo Eno”.

Bob stressed that though presently about 2.3 million people have been captured in the Social Register, that government would only rely on the 600,000 households to reach out to the vulnerable poor in its interventions.

His words, “The social register is well- structured, it’s structured in such a way that we have broken the villages, wards and local local governments, and these make up the state’s social register.

 “Presently, in Akwa Ibom, we have about 2.3 million people in the social register and about 600,000 households and counting.

When you talk about households that is what we have been using for various interventions in the state.

“These are vulnerable people who were selected through the community-based target. How people are selected for the social register is very clear, it is a  transparent process. It is a transparent process because the enumerators have to verify the individual’s living condition.

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“Don’t forget that anything that involves the World Bank is very transparent; they are thorough.

Community Based Targeting is what was used for social register and we have State Organizing Coordinating Units which works with the National Social Safety Nets Coordinator unit in Abuja.

“They work together and they have Staff across the local government. They go to villages, meet with village heads to pick these people”

Also speaking at the event the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural development, Dr. Offiong Offor said the current administration was investing in Agriculture to achieve food security and  food availability in the state.

 She explained that about. Seven (7 ) local government areas have provided lands to support the government efforts, stressing.

” This Government is funding agricultural cooperative societies, providing lands, fertilizers, improved seedlings, cassava stems, loans and grants and constructing rural roads all in a bid to increase food production.

“The government is also working with market unions to supply staple foods at subsidized prices. It has provided cold rooms, fishing nets and boats to artisanal fishermen”

While setting the tone for the briefing earlier, the commissioner for Information , Mr. Ini Ememobong expressed appreciation to governor Umo Eno for the various interventions put in place to address the current economic hardship in the state.

 The chairman, Akwa Ibom Bulk Purchase Agency, Mr Dan Akpan was also present at the ministerial briefing.