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Nigerian govt mulls national register for the poor


The Federal Government said on Thursday it is planning a national register for all the poor people in the country.

The register, according to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, would aid the government’s plans of lifting millions of poor people out of poverty in Nigeria.

Nigeria has been labelled the poverty capital of the world, with over 80 million people said to be living in abject poverty.

The government also said it plans to lift 100 million poor Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years
The minister disclosed these while delivering a keynote address at a programme put together to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, declaring that a unified register for the poor would be out soon.

She said: “We are going to have a register. We know there is one that is in existence but we are going to improve on it. Our first step is to have data because, without data, we will not be able to achieve what we have set out to achieve. So, a unified social register is coming up very soon.”

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