The Federal Government has said it would put in place a health emergency response for the poor living in urban centers that have been affected by the pandemic.
The Communications Manager, National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO), Mr. Joe Abuku, said the initiative would be inaugurated by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja on Tuesday.
He said the register would identify Nigerians that have been made poorer due to the pandemic, targeting mainly traders and SME owners.
He said the scheme was designed by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, through NASSCO, in partnership with the World Bank..
He also stated that NASSCO would use geographical satellite sensing to locale the wards where the urban poor live, as the targeting of the poor would be done via cell phone Short Messaging Service (SMS) technology that allows residents of targeted communities register to be assisted by following simple steps using USSD codes.