By Joyce Remi- Babayeju
In a bid to address poverty and economic vulnerability among Nigerians the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning in collaboration with the Joint UN development partners convened in a webinar meeting in Abuja yesterday to review the National Social Protection Policy.
In a press release signed by Imaobong Udoh for Director of Information, BNP, made available to Daybreak today the joint meeting was to conduct a quality check and validate the Six-chapter revised NSPP document which has recently become a veritable instrument in the African development agenda which Nigeria has embraced.
According to the release the revised document underlines that an all inclusive and integrated social protection policy in Nigeria will address Poverty and economic vulnerability. Director, Department of Social Development, Budget and National Planning, Mr. Omotayo Adeyemi in his opening speech said “the exercise is now at the critical stage and quality assurance is expected.
The essence of this gathering is to reflect, evaluate the outcomes and decisions reached.” In the same vein Deputy Director, Social Development, Budget and National Planning, Dr. Sanjo Faniran took stakeholders through the road-map of final institutionalization of the policy which involves Getting feedback from Stakeholders and partners; Presentation of the document to policy makers, Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and MDAs.
Engagement with National Assembly and Governors’ Forum for legal backing and institionalization of the policy; presentation to National Economic Council and the Federal Executive Council, would also be done, Faniran added. On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency and Disaster management, the National Coordinator of the National Social Safety Net Coordinating Office (NASSCO), Dr. Apera Iorwa, commended participants at the summit noting that the exercise was their job