Kogi State Government has called on citizens of the state to take advantage of the ongoing Rapid Response Register (RRR), a cash transfer initiative of the Federal Government designed for those made poorer and vulnerable by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement issued in Lokoja on Sunday, the State Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Asiwaju Asiru Idris said the second wave of registration for RRR has commenced in Kogi state and will last for two weeks.
According to Asiru, the registration on Sunday December 19.
“The codes for individual urban and semi-urban wards and communities approved by National Social Safety-Net Coordinating Office (NASSCO) and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian, Disaster Management and Social Development has been distributed to respective local government State Operations and Coordinating Unit (SOCU) desk officers and CDOs for distribution and sensitization.
“The USSD code of 969community code# is meant for each community, ward and local government selected. The registration process is through dual means of SMS and Call using the codes.
“Kogites are advised to quickly obtain the respective community codes of their residence from their local government SOCU desk officers and CDOs for immediate registration through MTN, Airtel, and Etisalat network providers.
“A successful applicant is expected to obtain an ID immediately after registration and ensure the ID is kept safe for further validation and documentation subsequently for final payment of Covid-19 Cash Transfer on monthly basis,” he explained.
He urged Kogi citizens to log on with their respective community codes to ensure massive registration and maximize the benefits of the opportunity designed for the people by the administrations of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Yahaya Bello.
You would recall that the World Bank in collaboration with the Federal Government deployed a satellite imagery that captured some urban and semi-urban wards and communities early this year for RRR implementation to mitigate the negative impact of Covid-19 pandemic on people’s income which has made life more difficult. It is in a bid to ease the hardship that this shock response strategy was employed to rapidly captured people for cash transfer benefits.