Coalition unveils social protection campaign to end poverty in Kaduna State – The Sun Nigeria

One group, the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Social Protection Partners, has unveiled a social protection case to accelerate the poverty eradication campaign in Kaduna State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the group is a national coalition of CSOs advocating for increased media coverage of the social protection agenda in the country.

The campaign titled “Social Protection to End Poverty (#SP2EP2023) is implemented in collaboration with the Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition (KADSPAC).

KADSPAC Chairwoman Jessica Bartholomew said the exercise was an initiative of the National Social Protection Forum (NSPF) implemented in Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Zamfara, among others.

She said the group was an umbrella body of CSOs, media and development organizations working to promote transparency and accountability in social protection (SP) programs.

She noted that the social protection program has been a key development instrument in the country over the past 10 years, noting that it has the potential to lift individuals and households out of extreme poverty, build resilience against shocks, stresses and disasters such as floods, droughts and pandemics. .

She however identified the lack of adequate financing, legislation and the fragmentation of interventions as some of the obstacles that militate against the effective implementation of the program aimed at improving the social and economic status of the poor and vulnerable.

According to her, the campaign is designed to ensure the continued commitment of governments and political candidates to facilitate sustainable investment in social protection programs to raise the standard of living of the vulnerable population.

She said: “The #SP2EP2023 campaign will ensure a functioning and coordinated system for health, education and employment for all.

“The campaign will address issues of poverty, gender and social inclusion for children, people with disabilities, older people and other marginalized groups in society.

“It aims to sensitize Nigerians on the benefits of social protection and encourage them to demand it to ensure a resilient society through inclusive governance and effective interventions.

“It is also about building the capacity of voters to demand social protection services as a right in the 2023 general elections, as well as supporting CSOs and citizens to hold election winners accountable to their promises. campaign on social protection”.

Also speaking, Mr. Philip Yatai, Co-Chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Technical Working Group (TWG), said Governor Nasir El-Rrufai’s administration is prioritizing the social protection agenda, adding that the government was working through the OGP-TWG. to improve access to grassroots intervention.

He said the campaign was key to reducing the number of people living below the poverty line through increased access to the intervention.

According to him, only 3.7% of the state’s population have been covered by the program, while the unemployment rate stands at 43.3%.

One of the participants, Malam Muhammad Sabo, called for measures to compel wealthy people to give Zakkat (alms) in accordance with Islamic teachings.

He also advocated skills acquisition programs for youths and women, adding that the measure would strengthen the implementation of the social protection programme.

NAN reports that the event brought together representatives from development organizations, CSOs, gubernatorial candidates, community leaders, people living with disabilities, among others. (NOPE)

Joel C. Hicks