SCI welcomes KDSG’s efforts to institutionalize social protection
An international non-governmental organization, Save the Children International (SCI), has commended the efforts of the Kaduna State government to institutionalize social protection.
The organization’s social protection specialist, Mr. Victor Ogharanduku, spoke highly of Zaria on Thursday during a four-day workshop on designing youth-focused social protection programmes.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that social protection is a set of policies and programs designed to reduce vulnerability to poverty, by decreasing people’s exposure to economic risks.
It strengthens people’s ability to protect themselves against hazards and interruptions, or loss of income or livelihood.
Ogharanduku emphasized that having social welfare legislation would be a landmark achievement that would ensure the sustainability, effective coordination and implementation of social welfare programs in Kaduna State.
He pointed out that currently, social protection programs were implemented in an uncoordinated manner and therefore risked being rejected by the new administration.
He said Save the Children International, through its Expansion of Social Protection for Inclusive Development (ESPID), was supporting the strengthening of social protection systems in Kaduna State.
He explained that the ESPID was funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
According to him, a social protection law is a key system strengthening for the delivery of inclusive and shock-responsive social protection programs that will leave no one behind.
Earlier, Ms. Saude Atoyebi, Focal Person, Kaduna State Social Investment Bureau, said that the drafting of the Social Welfare Bill has reached an advanced stage.
Atoyebi said the bill has been revised and the world will soon be updated by the Ministry of Justice to reflect the design of the youth-focused welfare program being designed.
“Once this workshop is completed, we will have a meeting with the Ministry of Justice for a final deliberation before the final revision of the law with Governor Nasir El-Rifai and the State Executive Council.
“We’re getting closer and within a month the bill should go to the State House of Assembly for passage,” she said.
She expressed optimism that with the legal framework in place, social protection systems would be strengthened.
She added that the state government has already allocated reasonable funds for social welfare in its 2022 budget.
NAN reports that the legal framework aims to establish a social security agency and a social protection trust fund, among other provisions, in line with the social protection policy. (