It is critical for Nigeria government to pay more priority in the social protection programme and public orientation on salient and germane municipal and global issues.
The Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget of the federal government of Nigeria in conjunction with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has taken the leadership mantle upon themselves by engaging the people in social protection programme across all the 36 states of the country.
The collaboration between UNICEF and the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget has therefore empowered, engaged and trained 77 personnel drawn from 16 states of the federation on Social Protection (SP) programmes.
Dr. Annefrida Kisesa, UNICEF Chief of Field Officer, disclosed this that the grassroots could be easily reached through social protection empowerment programmes, thereby bettering their lives of the people at the grassroots.
Dr. Annefrida Kisesa further elaborate that government core responsibility in social protection programme is to ensure that the trainees who form the Technical Working Groups in their respective states, included top government functionaries from the 16 states.
The participants critique the school bus shuttle, micro credit schemes, family court, Agbebiye and Abiye Safe Motherhood initiatives in Ondo State; and the O-YES, O-REAP and the O-MEAL SP initiative, which pioneered school pupils free meals in the country.
The Ondo State UNICEF Chief of Field Officer, Mr. Tejinder Sandhu, acknowledged that conscientious implementation of Social Protection empowerment programmes would have positive and tremendous impact on the actualization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Nigeria by 2030.
Mr. Tejinder Sandhu also urged the Federal Government on the ratification of National Social protection Programme (NSPP), warning that lack of National Social protection Programme (NSPP) might scuttle the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are intertwined with the 16 policy measures of the former administration.
UNICEF was applauded by Ondo State Governor and his Osun counterpart, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and Mr. Rauf Aregbesola for its commitment on National Social protection Programme (NSPP) advocacy, stressing that social protection programme in any nation is so germane to combat poverty, vulnerability and exclusion for society.
The State of Osun government further thanked UNICEF for the opening plenary of the State of Osun Social Protection Study Tour by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) at the weekend