At least, 58 million Nigerians are poor, the National Social Safety Net Coordinating Office (NASSCO) has said in Kaduna on Wednesday.

The group disclosed this at the opening ceremony of a four-day training of community based targeting team (CBTT) to prepare a register of poor and vulnerable households in Kaduna State.

Daily Trust gathered that NASSCO, under the office of the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is conducting the training in collaboration with the Kaduna state government with the aim of tackling the high level poverty in the country.

Speaking at the opening of the training, the National Coordinator of the programme, Mr. Peter Papka said the training was part of process for the implementation of National Cash Transfer and other programs aimed at addressing the unacceptable level of poverty in Nigeria.

Represented by the Head of Operations, Hajiya Hajara Sami, Papka said: “The Federal government is committed to reducing the poverty level in which 58 million Nigerians are experiencing, to the barest minimum especially in communities where it is a rural phenomenon.

“It is observed that in spite of appreciable recent growth in GDP, poverty remains pervasive, food insecurities, seasonal deprivation amongst others.”

He urged the participants drawn from nine selected local government areas across the three senatorial districts of the state to show absolute commitment to the assignment.

On his part, the Governor of Kaduna State,  Malam Nasiru El-Rufai said the selection was done based on
the poverty rating of the  local government areas in the three senatorial zones in the state.

Represented by the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Muhammad Sani Abdullahi, El-Rufai said the training would eventually generate a single register for the poor and vulnerable in the state.