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Palliatives: Forum asks NEC to rescind decision on social register



Palliatives: Forum asks NEC to rescind decision on social register


The National Social Protection Forum (NSPF) has asked the National Economic Council (NEC), to reconsider its stand on the National Social Register (NSR), because “it was developed in line with global best practices”.

The NEC had, on July 21, directed state governments to develop a comprehensive social register for vulnerable people to benefit from the planned Federal Government palliatives, following fuel subsidy removal.

The directive, according to NEC, is on the grounds that the current NSR lacks credibility with majority of the poor and vulnerable in the register having no bank accounts.

However, the forum, in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Dr Taiwo Benson, in Abuja on Monday, described the development as “very unfortunate”, considering the huge resources that went into developing the register.

According to the forum, the register is highly credible considering its bottom-up approach, with active community participation in defining and identifying the poor and vulnerable households among them.

“We wish to state categorically that the register was developed and compiled using transparent and participatory processes.

“The development process, which was community-based, involved multi-sectoral stakeholders, led by local and state government officials across the 36 states and the FCT, in line with global best practices.”

The NSPF, a group of civil society organisations and media, working on the social protection space, explained that the register was developed through a community-based targeting approach.

They said that the approach, supported by the World Bank, involved the community defining what poverty and vulnerability means to them and, based on that definition, identify the poor and vulnerable among them.

The identified poor and vulnerable households were then enumerated and captured, using a digital platform.

“The final stage is the Proxy Means Test where data is gathered by the enumerators and used to create a proxy of incomes and needs of the households.

“The households were then ranked into deciles of the poorest and the most vulnerable in each community.

“The NSR, therefore, is a repository of poor and vulnerable households, aggregated from the states’ Social Registers,” they said.

The group said that rather than jettison the NSR or the SSR, the Federal and State governments should take time to understand the development process and address identified gaps to improve quality.

They stressed that there was no perfect social register anywhere in the world.

“What is required is a document flflexible enough to accommodate emerging trends and needs. It could be subjected to periodic reviews and updates.”

The forum said that the register, as at June 30, consisted of 15.73 million households made up of 62.82 million individuals covering 177,421 communities in 8,000 electoral wards from 764 Local government areas.


They added that nine million individuals from four million poor and vulnerable households in the register have bank accounts as part of continued efforts to ensure financial inclusion.

“The NSR has been applauded internationally because of the integrity and credibility of the data, while several countries have visited Nigeria to study the development process of the register.

“Also, about two million poor and vulnerable households were selected from the social register and benefited from the National Cash Transfer Programme and each household received N10,000 every two months.

“One million households also received N30,000 in six months as cash transfer under the Federal Government COVID-19 Rapid Response Register (RRR).

“Other agencies that have selected beneficiaries from the register include the National Health Insurance Authority and the state’s Contributory Health Management Scheme, including the World Food Programme, United Nations Development Programme, UN Women and UNICEF,” the group said.


Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt




Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.


Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Sermons, Tinubu Appeals To Religious Leaders



Bola Tinubu


President Bola Tinubu has called on religious leaders to refrain from vilifying or denigrating the nation in their sermons.

Speaking during Ramadan Iftar with traditional rulers and religious leaders at the State House on Thursday in Abuja, the President emphasized the important role of religious leaders in shaping public opinion and fostering a sense of unity among citizens.

He urged the leaders to be more constructive in their criticism of those in elective positions.

President Tinubu also declared that his administration is determined to turn Nigeria’s challenges into prosperity.

He reiterated that no terrorist can defeat the collective will of Nigerians, no matter how hard they try to prey on innocent citizens.

He urged traditional and religious leaders to forge a strong bond with the government to defeat terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of criminality in the country.

”Yesterday in Abuja, I attended the burial of the 17 soldiers killed in action at Okuama, Delta State. I saw their pregnant wives and little kids.

”The love of the nation is in your hands. Pray for our country. Educate our children. The sermons we preach to the members of our churches and mosques are important.

”Do not condemn your own nation. As a Yoruba man and as our fathers will say, ‘No matter how slippery the bottom of your child is, you must leave the beads there.’

“Leave the beads there. This is your country; do not condemn it in sermons, do not abuse the nation. Leadership is meant for change.

”Yes, this leader is bad, fine. Wait until the next election to change him, but do not condemn your country. Do not curse Nigeria. This is a beautiful land.

The President, who acknowledged the birthday wishes and goodwill extended to him on the occasion, reminded the leaders that his birthday on March 29, 2024, coincided with Good Friday.

“I have earned the honour of having my birthday fall on Good Friday, and I pray that on this Maundy Thursday, you all shall return to your homes safely. May God guide and keep you and your families in good health, and lift your spirits,” the President prayed.

Different speakers at the dinner expressed gratitude for the opportunity to come together in the spirit of Ramadan to share a meal with the President and renew the bonds of friendship that unite the nation.

Vice-President Kashim Shettima emphasized the pivotal roles of religious and traditional rulers in promoting peace and unity, urging them to continue to ‘‘build bridges that transcend ethnic and religious divides.’’


The Vice-President expressed delight that the nation’s economy is on a rebound, noting the strengthening of the naira against the dollar.

”The President means well for the nation, and he has continued to redefine the meaning and concept of modern leadership.

”For many years, fuel subsidy was an albatross. The President took a bold decision from day one, and he hit the ground running. Now the economy is turning the corner,” the Vice-President said.

Speaking on behalf of the Traditional Rulers Council of Nigeria, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, assured the President of the unwavering support of traditional rulers and commended the government’s efforts to address the hike in food prices and the security challenges.

”You are not alone, Mr. President. The prices of food items and goods are gradually coming down. You are doing your best on security, and we cannot allow you to do it alone. We will join hands to support your vision for the betterment of our nation,” the Ooni said.

Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, Emir of Zazzau, speaking on behalf of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), highlighted the significance of Ramadan as a period of reflection, empathy, and unity.

On the security situation in the country, the Emir of Zazzau, who represented the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of NSCIA, expressed optimism that the country will return to peace and stability.

”I am happy to see representatives of Muslim and Christian communities in this room. I pray God Almighty blesses the President for him to do more to take the country to the Promised Land,” the Emir prayed.

Apostle Samson Fatokun, General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), noted that the Ramadan dinner with religious and traditional leaders, coincided with Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter, observed in commemoration of Jesus Christ’s institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper.

The General Secretary, who delivered the address of CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, commended President Tinubu for fostering a harmonious relationship between the State and the Church.

”We are encouraged that your administration has shown great determination in tackling the challenges of kidnapping and banditry and bringing to justice the perpetrators of this dastardly act.

”We shall continue to show our support to your administration so that you can execute your noble intention for the nation,” CAN General Secretary said.

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