Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning in collaboration with relevant stakeholders has commenced engagement with the six states of the South West geopolitical Zone and CSOs working on

The federal government has commenced engagement with the South-West geopolitical zones and civil Society Organisations working on Social Protection to harness their inputs into the National Social Protection Policy under review.

The Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning in a statement said thwove is to ensure that everyone is carried along in the Spirit of leaving no one behind as recommended in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

The Permanent Secretary, Budget and National Planning and Chairperson, Technical Working Group (TWG), Mrs. Olusola Idowu, who was represented by the Director, Department of Social Development in the Ministry, Mr. A.B Sa’adu, made the disclosure on Monday in Lagos, during a Stakeholder’s Consultation and Sensitization Workshop for the South West Zone on the Review of the National Social Protection Policy.

Idowu said “the workshop, organized in collaboration with Save the Children was to specifically harvest input from the South West Zone adding that “this is first in the series of the stakeholder’s engagement fora which will run across the six geo-political zone”.

She also stated that the designed process consultation, Sensitization and validation would also be repeated before the draft policy was eventually finalized and pushed for approval by the Federal Executive Council and later legislated on by the National Assembly.

Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDG, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulure disclosed that through technical Partnership with the UNDP Nigeria, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDG is supporting the 36 states and the FCT to develop Medium- and Long- term SDG- Based Development aspirations of the states.

L -R, nos 4, SSA to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Adefulure, Hon. Commissioner, Min.of Economic Planning and Budget, Osun State,  Prof. Olalekan Yinusa Director Social Devt, FMFBNP, Mr Saadu Bello.   Commissioners of Economic Planning from Ogun,  Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti, Lagos State  and Development Partners – Reps of UNICEF,  World Bank,  UNDP, Save the Children at the review of National Social Protection Policy for the South West

On her part, the Honourable Commissioner of Lagos State on Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Sam Egube , who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Abiola Liadi, said that zonal consultation meeting holding in Lagos State, was in line with the theme’s agenda of the present administration centered at taking Lagos to greater height by addressing key socio-economic deprivations faced by citizens with the view to impacting their lives positively and which ultimately would not be achievable without institutionalization of social protection policy.

The Commissioner announced that the Social Protection Policy in Nigeria was expanding due to increasing concern of Government at Federal and State levels, the pervasive poverty, inequality and unemployment of the poor and vulnerable in the country.

The Senior Policy and Advocacy Specialist, Save The Children International, Saheed Mustafa, in his goodwill message, revealed that Foreign and common Wealth and Development Organization funded Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP) Programme implemented by SAVE THE CHILDREN and Action against Hunger was glad to support the review of the National Social Protection Policy led by the FMFBNP through the TWG.