FG, stakeholders begin review of national social protection policy

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, welcomed the ongoing efforts on the revision of the National Social Protection Policy (2017-2020).

The Minister praised during a high-level discussion on the draft Revised National Social Protection Policy held in Abuja, which is to be submitted for approval by the Federal Executive Council.

Umar Farouq observed that social protection is at the forefront of the development agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, given its positive social and economic impact and its branching and life-cycle effect on the development of the human capital.

She added that the policy review will make the process more transparent, in line with the President’s vision to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

“The review of the National Social Protection Policy could not have come at a better time than now. The policy will set a clear line of commitment, track progress and spending on social protection in a transparent way, in line with the President’s vision.

“I have a few thoughts for our consideration during this dialogue, at the heart of which is the need to achieve more meaningful coordination of sector programs. As you know, by design, the different pillars of the social protection system operate through various institutional arrangements (at federal and state levels) and across multiple government ministries, departments and agencies.

“This has created a fragmentation of implementation roles and responsibilities and could be resolved through a joint coordination platform for the sector.

“I am therefore above all delighted to see that the social protection policy dialogue agenda is helping us to lay the foundations for realizing this vision in a more systematic and collective way”.

In his speech, the Minister of State in charge of Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba praised all the Ministers of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) concerned as well as Donors and Heads of other Government Agencies for their support in achieving the objective of the review of the past national social protection policy (2017-2020).

“It is important to note that the objective of the review is to address emerging issues, identify gaps and give the policy national ownership that will engage sub-national governments.

“I want to assure you that the diagnostic report that produced the draft policy has been presented to all states of the federation, including the FCT, through the state ministries of economic planning, in order to to get input into the revised National Social Protection Policy With this, I can say that the process was consultative because sub-national governments were brought in.

“I would like to assure you that the draft policy will be presented to the Federal Executive Council for approval when all the necessary comments from the ministers concerned have been agreed.

“I would also like to inform us that the implementation manual and the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework of the policy are being prepared with the support of the World Food Program (WFP) within the pooled fund for the social protection”.

Prince Agba also noted that the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, together with the Federal Ministry of Justice and the four UN agencies supporting social protection led by the ILO, have also drafted a bill for social protection, aiming to institutionalize social protection.
Programs in Nigeria in addition to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation framework. According to him, the draft will be passed by the National Assembly for legislative processes after being critically reviewed by all the stakeholder MDAs whose legal advisers are already working with the technical working group.

Ministers of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Affairs, Labor and Employment, Health, Education and a few other key agencies reviewed the process that ultimately produced the draft National Policy revised social protection.


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