World Bank Concludes Registration of Poor, Vulnerable Households in Oyo Town

Another round of training for some selected officials and enumerators on community based registration of poor, vulnerable households in Oyo State has been concluded in Oyo town.

The leader of the field exercise, Mrs. Laide Lasisi, who is also the Coordinator, Oyo State Operation Coordinating Unit, SOCU said the aim of the World Bank Assisted Project, among others was to generate a single register of the poorest of the poor in the selected communities.

In order to compile an accurate and acceptable register therefore, Mrs. Lasisi explained the need for the community based targeting trainees to acquire practical experience on what poverty means in different communities.

Mrs. Lasisi maintained that having earlier done a poverty map of each state by the world bank ahead of the training exercise, and considering the prevalence of poverty in the communities visited, a successful outcome was inevitable.

The Computer Based Test step down trainees visited three communities in ilora where they gained vital knowledge on what residents perceived as poverty.

Some women, including Mrs. Funke Oladoja, Dunmade Omotayo and Elizabeth Salako described poverty as a terrible state of hunger and hopelessness.

However, to an elderly man, Pa Oluwole Thomas who lives in one of the erosion-ravaged communities, poverty could also mean consistent loss of livelihood through the activities of cattle rearers.

Members of the communities visited called on government to ensure that the exercise did not end up as mere registration.

Responding, Coordinator, State Operation Coordinating Unit, SOCU, Mrs. Laide Lasisi said data generated from the exercise would be forwarded to Abuja for further analysis. the trainees had earlier been exposed to topics such as concepts of poverty and vulnerability, community-based targeting principles and practice among other topics.

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