Bauchi Communities to Benefit from FG’s Multi-Billion Naira Covid-19 Cash Transfer Intervention
By Kamal Lawan
As part of efforts to further cushion the effects of Covid 19 among Nigerian communities, the Federal Government, under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, in partnership with the World Bank is set to roll out an intervention tagged “Covid-19 Rapid Response Register (RRR) in Bauchi State.
The intervention is part of the 2.3 Trillion Naira stimulus plan by the Federal Government to mitigate the effects of deep recession and economic impact of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
This was disclosed in a press statement issued by the communications officer of the State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU) in the Bauchi State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Mallam Yakubu Mudi and made available to newsmen in Bauchi on Friday.
Mudi said the objective of the Covid-19 Rapid Response Register (RRR) intervention is to identify and support individuals and households in semi urban areas whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The press statement said that in Bauchi State, 828 communities in 12 Local Government Areas are earmarked to benefit from the Cash intervention, after fulfilling the criteria for selection through replying to a text message from their phones using a special USSD codes that will be made available by the State Operation Coordinating Unit to each of the selected LGAs.
The statement further informed that, the general nationwide code of *969# can be dial to get connected to the RRR Call centre for inquiries, with each participating Local Government Area and Ward having their unique USSD codes that the target individuals/households can text to apply for registration into the RRR.
The statement also said that, with the phased approach beginning on the 24th May, 2021, two states each per geo-political zone will first rollout the registration, with Bauchi and Adamawa States from North East Zone commencing from 24th – 31st May.
The statement quoted Yakubu Mudi as saying, “already Bauchi SOCU have held a meetings with state ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chairmen of the Selected LGs, as well as ALGON Chairman in state, informing them on the processes ,aims, and objectives of Covid-19 Cash Transfer Rapid Response Register. Also, ad-hoc staff are deployed, going round educating people from the targeted communities to be on the look out for such messages in their phones, with radio jingles and programs ongoing to further enlighten potential beneficiaries”.
The statement read in parts:
“The potential beneficiaries will be targeted in semi urban wards of the 12 selected LGAs of Bauchi State using geographic satellite remote sensing technology.
“Those selected in these communities will then receive a text messages with USSD codes that would allow them to register, so as to be considered for the Federal Government’s Covid-19 Cash Assistance”.
While calling on the people from the selected communities to avail themselves the opportunity to be registered in the exercise, the communication officer also solicits the assistance of elites within these communities to further enlighten the potential beneficiaries by not rejecting the offer due fear of fraudsters.
According to the statement, 12 LGAs are selected to participate in the Covid-19 RRR intervention. The LGs are Alkaleri, Kirfi, Warji, Toro, Jama’are, Itas/Gadau and Shira.
Others are Tafawa Balewa, Ganjuwa, Dass, Bogoro and Darazo LGAs. Also, a total of 20 Wards were selected from LGAs, with a projected number of 828 communities.
While calling on the public to support the intervention, the statement gave the name of Ibrahim Tijjani Balange of Bauchi SOCU unit of the State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, with telephone number 08068023388 to channel all inquiries.