Mr Chris Anake, State Coordinator Rapid Response Register under the National Social Safety-Net programme, says the office has trained 108 enumerators in the 18 Local Government Areas of Cross River.
He disclosed this on Wednesday in Calabar while speaking with Journalists on the performance of the programme in the State.
Anake said the Rapid Response Register (RRR) was designed as an intervention under the National Social Safety-Net programme scale up to target mostly urban households and individuals pushed into poverty due to economic shocks of covid-19 pandemic.
According to him, the training was part of the preparations for the registration of beneficiaries in the state.
“As part of preparations for the registration of new beneficiaries, we have sensitised and carried out engagements with Local Government Chairmen across the state, while 108 enumerators have also been trained, ” he said.
Anake described the programme as very important to the state and the nation, adding that it was an opportunity for the state to capture more persons and include them into the State Single Register of poor and vulnerable persons.
“This comes with a lot of benefits to many at different times, thereby reducing the poverty index in the state, ” he said.
The coordinator urged stakeholders including politicians, traditional rulers, youth groups, women groups and civil society organisations to avail themselves of the Community Based Targeting (CBT) of Poor and Vulnerable persons and to cooperate with the enumerators in their respective communities.
“I pray that stakeholders support our men in terms of security, mobilising the poor and vulnerable persons, the needy and the unemployed among them to get registered to enable them benefit from the programme, ” Anake said.
He added that the programme is a Federal Government plan to ensure that vulnerable citizens are given some elements of support and gradually lifts them out of poverty.