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FG begins training of 182 officers, enumerators in Delta

The Federal Government ( FG ) on Thursday in Asaba commenced the training of 182 officers and enumerators chosen from nine local government areas of Delta on identification of poor and vulnerable in the state.

The four-day training programme organised by the National Social Safety-Nets Coordinating Office ( NASSCO ) of the Vice President’s office, is under the National Social Safety Net Programme.

The National Coordinator, NASSCO, Mr Peter Papka, said that .the prrogramme was to enable the trainees understand the concept of Community Based Target (CBT) and develop CBT plans for their areas.

He said that the World Bank-assisted programme was aimed at having a social register of the poor and vulnerable with a view to reducing extreme poverty in the country.

Papka said that the programme was designed to allow communities define in their own context what poverty was to them.

The coordinator said that after the training, the participants would commence sensitisation of the various communities in their area on the registration of the poor and the vulnerable in the various LGAs.

Papka said that the chosen nine local government areas represented 30 per cent of the 25 local government areas of the state.

He listed the benefiting localgovernment areas as Aniocha South, Aniocha North, Burutu, Ethiope East, Ika North East, Warri South West, Warri North, Okpe and Ughelli South..

Meanwhile, some of the participants commended the federal government for the initiative, adding that if well implemented it would go a long way in reducing poverty in the country.

Mr Godwin Aroture form Burutu Local Government Area, said, “I must commend the Federal and the state government for this initiative and expect that it will be implemented.’’

Also, Mrs Kate Okocha from Aniocha South Local government Area, said “I am happy with this programme like this, but my prayer is let it be implemented as promised.”

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