Governor Okezie ikpeazu of Abia State has expressed confidence that the National Social Safety Net Programme will address the challenges of insecurity, unemployment and school drop out syndrome.
Dr Ikpeazu further stated that the programme if proper handled will ensure robust planning for vulnerable persons in order to achieve even development for all striata of persons in the country.
Dr. Ikpeazu stated this at a 4 day training workshop for Community Based Targeting Team ( CBTT ) and Enumerators for identification and Data capturing for poor and vulnerable persons organized by the National Social Safety Net Coordinating Office( NASSCO ) Abuja, Office of the Vice President Collaboration with Abia State government held at Kolping Society Umuahia.
Represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Okochukwu said NASSCO would ensure the generation of the National Social Registry for the poor and vulnerable group in the country and disclosed that his administration created a Ministry in Charge of vulnerable group to keyed into the National Social Safety Net programme to provide safety nets system building blocks that would enable it target and deliver a wide range of programmes to poor households effectively and efficiently.
The governor charged participants to uphold the principles and objective of their training which would become agent of change by acquiring skills for themselves, relations and local government through the pilot programme to mobilize over 12,000 Abians for job creation scheme.
Dr Ikpeazu restated his commitment to ensure that the poor and vulnerable groups have access to primary education through massive renovation of schools and providing food to pupils from primary 1- 6 and employing over 2,700 women as food vendors and thanked the federal government for establishing the programme.
In his remarks, the National Coordinator, NASSCO, Mr Apera Lorwakwaga disclosed that they have so far registered 460,243 households and signed MOU with States across the federation to fast tract their intervention and success of the programme and commended the Abia state government for embracing the programme as well as for establishing a ministry targeted at the vulnerable group.
In her address, the Permanent Secretary and Executive Secretary, Abia state Planning Commission, Ugoeze Adanma Iheuwa expressed optimism that the programme will render empowerment.