‘Why VP’s of­fice runs FG so­cial pro­tec­tion scheme’

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Fran­cis Arinze Iloani

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

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