‘Why VP’s office runs FG social protection scheme’
The Federal Government has explained that its social protection programme is domiciled in the office of the vice president to ensure effective implementation.
This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, at a public revalidation of Social Protection Policy for all federal ministries and extra-ministerial agencies held in Abuja recently.
On the concerns that the social programmes captured in the 2016 budget are being run by the Office of the Vice President instead of relevant agencies, the minister said the programme would be implemented by relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies under the coordination of the office of the vice president.
Ahmed told participants that the reduction in oil price and decline in the nation’s oil production increased hardship faced by Nigerians, necessitating social protection for the citizens.
The minister lamented that 2.1 million Nigerians have been internally displaced and needed social protection.
The draft National Social Protection Policy which was presented to the public for inputs was to give a policy backing for the Presidential Social Intervention included in the budget.
Members of the National Assembly had recently raised concerns over lack of policy backing the intervention which was domiciled in the office of the vice president and coordinated by the Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment, Hajiya Maryam Uwais.
Speaking at the event, Hajiya Maryam said the office of the vice president had ensured that the social protection programme was coordinated effectively.
She said the implementation of the programme had already started with some Nigerians registering for the interventions on government portal.
The Draft National Social Protection Policy is classified into eight: education and health services; social welfare and child protection; social housing; livelihood enhancement and employment; social insurance schemes; social assistance; traditional family and community support; legislation and regulation and targeting and registration.
The presidential social intervention analyzed by the Daily Trust showed that it was designed into five special palliatives that will cushion the hardships Nigerians were experiencing.
L-R: Commissioner for Insurance, Mr Mohammed Kari; Managing Director, Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc, Mr Eddie Efekoha, and Director General, Nigerian Insurance Association (NIA), Mr. Sunday Thomas, at the investiture of Mr. Efekoha as the new NIA Chairman during the 45th Annual General Meeting of NIA held in Lagos recently