Lagos State Government says it has captured 1.6 million poor and vulnerable people in its database in a bid to empower them.
Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Samuel Egube disclosed this at a ministerial press briefing on Thursday to commemorate the second year of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration’s in the State.
Egube said that since the debut of Lagos State Coordinating Unit (LASOCU), it had grown in leaps and bounds from its initial inaugural upload of 10,064 Lagos State poor and vulnerable households (PVHHs) and 36,968 individuals in December, 2019, to 403, 976 poor and vulnerable households (PVHHs) and 1,596,596 individuals as at February 2021.
“LASOCU which represented the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster management and Social Development Abuja in taking over relief materials from the Nigerian Customs and handing over same to different states of the Federation and also joined the State Ministry of Agriculture to distribute the Lagos State covid-19 food response as championed by Mr. Governor, using the Lagos State Single Social Register (LSSR) to reach the poor and the vulnerable,” he said.
Egube added that the Ministry, through LASOCU facilitated the sensitization of Ikorodu residents in Two Wards i.e Agura-Iponmi and Ijede for COVID-19 Rapid Response Register for the expanded Federal Government Cash Transfer, while the Register generated by LASOCU was used by WAPA for the Lagos State Mega Splash empowerment.
Meanwhile he said “as a result of the rigorous work the Lagos Socu team had put in place in ensuring registration of all poor and vulnerable households (PVHHs), the initial score card of the State which was 34th position, has been moved up to the 5th on the National Social Registry due to the coverage of a greater number of LGs/LCDAs in the implementation of NASSP in Lagos State.
“The increase in CBT Teams from 18 CBT Teams across the 6 Federal LGs, to 55 CBT Teams (6 members per Team) plus additional 300 Ad-hoc Enumerators and Field Supervisors informally engaged by LASOCU led to the accelerated speed in NASSP.”
He also disclosed that the state government is executing 377 different capital projects in its 377 wards across the State.
While explaining the essence of these projects, the commissioner said these projects were initiated in response to the series of requests by the various communities across the State to address specific challenges that are germane to each wards.
Egube said the projects included the construction of 257 community roads and drainages; rehabilitation of 86 public buildings and the installation of two jetties, nine water projects and 23 power projects across all the wards in the State.