The Enugu State government has started sensitizing residents to participate in the federal government’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Registry (RRR) money transfer for vulnerable people.
Enugu State’s State Coordination Unit (SOCU) and Operations Coordinator, Joy-Blossom Eneh, told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) on Friday that the campaign was aimed at to sensitize the inhabitants of the State to the RRR.
NAN reports that the COVID-19 RRR is an intervention by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, in partnership with the World Bank, to cushion the economic shocks of the global pandemic.
The beneficiaries are poor Nigerians in urban and semi-urban areas, who currently do not benefit from the National Social Safety Nets Project (NASSP) such as Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT), N-Power and others.
Eneh said the program was designed to target enrollment of people made poorer and vulnerable by the pandemic, which would be done using cell phone messaging (SMS) technology.
According to her, the SMS will provide clear advice via a USSD code on how people can apply and register with a few simple steps.
She said applicants must own cell phones and live in the targeted geographic locations.
âThere is no payment involved, and registration is free at any time.
“The cell phone numbers of successful applicants will be linked to digitized bank accounts, to receive cash assistance as part of an expanded government money transfer program,” Eneh said.
The coordinator noted that the state government has appealed to low-income people in the state to enter the program when it begins.
She said the program will run for six months, urging people to take it seriously.
âThe consultant will send us the USSD code for opening the portal and if you register, a number will call you.
âPlease, when the call comes in, don’t hesitate to respond to the person, as the fellow will ask for your Bank Verification Number (BVN).
“But for now we are waiting for the code and once it arrives it will be released to residents of the state for them to register,” she said.
Eneh noted that the campaign was producing results as residents were already calling asking for the USSD code, to be applied.
She said, however, that the program would target large applicants, so that it could identify vulnerable people.
The coordinator said the code was designed according to the different local government areas of the state.
“The code generated for the local government of Enugu South will not be the same as that of Enugu North,” she noted.