The group launches a project on social protection and trains CSOs

Lagos Civil Society Participation for Development, a networking body for civil society organizations in Lagos State, launched its intervention on the Citizen-led Accountability Mechanism on Social Protection under the building a project for an “inclusive system of citizen-led engagement and accountability for social protection”. agents of the European Union for a transformation centered on citizens.

The project, which began with a four-day training for CSOs with the aim of strengthening an accountability system for social protection in Lagos State, brought together representatives from specific ministries, departments and agencies of the Lagos State government. State of Lagos.

It was supported by EU-ACT and implemented by LACSOP in partnership with LEAP Africa; the Center for Disabled Citizens; Women’s Liberation and Transformation Group and Socio-Economic Rights and Responsibility Project.

LACSOP Board Chair, Ayo Adebusoye, addressing CSO partners during the training session, emphasized the need for civil society leaders to work in collaboration with the state government Lagos to ensure an effective inclusive accountability mechanism is in place where citizens can provide feedback on progress in the implementation of the Social Protection Policy which was approved in 2020 and launched earlier this year.

Adebusoye explained that the LACSOP project aims to “support the impacts of social protection programs in the state and ensure that the social protection policy in the state is fully implemented to eradicate poverty.”

Adebusoye underlined that “the essential elements of the policy are the civil society mechanism to be able to carry out independent monitoring and evaluation to ensure that the policy works, is effective and inclusive for the most vulnerable groups”, adding that “ all hands must be on deck to ensure that the quality of public health programs by government is effectively implemented and benefits citizens.

The Chief Executive of the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs, Mr. Dare Dairo, while delivering his speech at the workshop, commended LACSOP for building the capacity of members of the disabled community. disabilities on how to engage state actors in promoting their rights.

Dairo, who shared that the Lagos State Government has shown its commitment to improving the welfare of persons with disabilities in the state with the passing of the Disability Act over 10 years ago, noted that the State would continue to advance the rights of persons with disabilities.

In her remarks, the Director of the Social Welfare Coordination Department of the Lagos State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Ms. Oluwakemi Adedeji, who was represented by Ms. Ayodele Fajemibola, said that the Government of Lagos State State is currently onboarding poor and vulnerable households in 5 local government areas of the state into the social registry, to enable them to access cash transfers and relevant social protection programs.

The 4-day training held in Ikeja, Lagos brought together CSOs working on social protection issues in Lagos State.

Joel C. Hicks