Akwa Ibom State Governor Pastor Umo Eno has approved the updating of state social register to enable government intervenes for the vulnerable persons in the state.
Speaking during a Government House prayer meeting in Uyo on Saturday, Eno said the exercise to register vulnerable indigenes of the state in the social register will commence immediately and will be sustained to enable. government reach out to those in need.
“For the records, the National Social Register (NSR), is an information system that supports the outreach, intake, registration and determination of potentially eligible persons to benefit from social programmes.”
He observed that many people in the state were yet to know that such a register exists and emphasized the need for adequate sensitization of citizens on the importance of the register.
Eno charged government functionaries, community and religious leaders to work toward updating the register for different intervention programmes.
“There is a social register. It is active and it’s recognized by the World Bank. We have over a million people from every local government area, ward and unit. It’s done on household basis and it’s for the poorest of the poor.
“This week we will be updating that register. All our PAs in the wards will be helping us. We all have work to do, so I ask that we please show some interest. All our Pastors, our fathers come from a place, show some interest in that social register. It will help us. That is what we want to be using as a state to help our people,” Eno declared.
He warned all stakeholders to ensure that the registration is done without any political consideration adding that village heads, community leaders and stakeholders should rather ensure that no one who cannot be traced to any household is enlisted under their community slot.
“I like to emphasize that this is not another political jamboree. Let’s make sure that it’s for everyone who belongs to that category, whether they voted for us or not. If we bring those divisions now it won’t help us.
“So the stakeholders, please just check to make sure they don’t put the names and bank accounts of people that are not from your village
“I don’t expect my name or any of your names to be on the social register. Please don’t do it. It is meant for people that we can reach with very little things to support them. Please don’t politicize everything. It is not a PDP register. It is a social register for Akwa Ibomites. So long as that person is from there and you understand that the person is on that cadre, please put their names.
“It is not for civil servants. We know those already” he said.