Obaseki launches Edo Social Welfare Policy to tackle social vices and protect vulnerable people
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Thursday unveiled the Edo State Welfare Policy to curb social vices and protect vulnerable people in the state.
Obaseki launched the policy at a town hall meeting titled “Welfare Improvement and Sustainable Development in Edo State,” held at Government House, Benin City.
Stakeholders at the public meeting were drawn from the judiciary, civil society organizations (CSOs), security agencies, government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), as well as religious, traditional and political leaders, among others.
The Governor, represented by the Commissioner for Social Development and Gender Issues Hon. Mrs. Maria Edeko, said the public meeting was to deliberate on the policies, programs and initiatives launched by her administration to engender social development in Edo State.
He noted, “As a government, we understand the enormous task of protecting the lives and property of our people, and we count on the active support of all stakeholders to fulfill our mandate.
“Edo State is blessed. Our people continue to champion innovation and push the boundaries of what is possible in terms of human well-being, both in Nigeria and around the world, but we do not forget the contrasting histories of drug abuse, child labour, begging, sexuality and gender. Violence, human trafficking and other challenges faced by vulnerable people in society. The increased incidence of cybercrime and the near total breakdown of our value system are also disturbing and disconcerting.
“The remedies we are deploying to address the problems of social upheaval are multi-pronged, including efforts to improve education at all levels; engage in a multilateral approach to skills development centered on the exploitation of information and communication technologies (ICT); strengthen rehabilitation services; improving access to quality and affordable health care and building great food systems.
“This policy is built on five major pillars to include social assistance, social care, social insurance, labor market intervention and traditional family and community support,” Obaseki added.
For his part, the Commissioner for Youth and Humanitarian Affairs, Hon. Chris Nehikhare said the policy will, among other things, address monitoring of poverty, which involves the inability to meet basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, access to basic services, l social inclusion and livelihood support.
Also, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Benin Branch, Barr. Pius Oiwoh, accused religious organizations and security agencies of aiding and abetting cybercrime, adding, “Besides religious leaders, security agencies are also not helping the problem as they are taking their bit and releasing those boys.
Meanwhile, the chief imam of Benin’s central mosque, Alhaji Abdul-fatai Enabulele, praised the state government for the meeting at the town hall, blaming the political will to implement the recommendations. from the discussions.
The Archbishop of Benin City who was represented by the Rev. Benedict Onwugbenu denounced the growing number of street children in the state, pledging to work with the state government to address the threat.