The federal government has commenced the COVID-19 Rapid Response Register (RRR) to support poor and vulnerable people who have lost their sources of livelihood to effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Bayelsa state.
This was revealed by the coordinator of State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU), Mr. Felix Asingbi while speaking to Niger Delta Herald in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Asingbi said the programme is being powered by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in partnership with the World Bank to cushion the effects of COVID-19 on the intended beneficiaries.
He explained that two Local Government Areas, Yenagoa and Ogbia respectively were selected in Bayelsa state to benefit from the programme, noting that each beneficiary would be entitled to the sum of N5,000 monthly for six months.
He hinted that the RRR would identify non-traditional urban poor who have lost their sources of earning and consequently became poorer and more vulnerable due to the pandemic.
He further explained that the register was being built by the National Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO through the state organ, SOCU as an expansion of the existing National Social Safety Nets Projects.
He said the register was targeting small business owners, street vendors, petty traders, SMEs, service providers, low wage private sector employees, persons with disabilities and persons living in slum areas.
Asingbi noted that particular codes would be sent across through telephones to persons leaving in the selected areas for registration, starting from May 24, 2021.