A report of the Ministry of Finance has shown that only eight states in Nigeria have captured their poor and vulnerable on the Federal Government’s Single Register database.
The 2016 report entitled “Targeting the Poor and Vulnerable in Nigeria: Use of a Single Register” reveals that the states are Bauchi, Cross River, Ekiti, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Osun and Oyo.
According to the report, the data was collected by the Youth Employment and Social Support Operations (YESSO) unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the World Bank.
In 2013, the World Bank provided $300 million grant to YESSO to compile a nationwide Single Register targeting the poor and vulnerable in the society.
The register is meant to be the basis for selecting beneficiaries for targeted intervention programmes such as public workfare, skills for job and conditional cash transfers.
The report shows that so far, the register has a total of 1,435 communities and 35,561 households made up of 190,235 individuals from eight states alone.
The programme uses a combination of targeting methods, including geographical targeting, community-based targeting and the application of a “proxy means test”.
The report shows that in gathering the data, the six poorest local government areas in each state were identified and once there, the poor and vulnerable were identified through community gatherings.