The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), in partnership with the Sokoto State government, is on the verge of drafting the state’s social protection policy agenda from Sokoto.
The exercise includes a three-day workshop and training for staff from the Ministry of Budget and Planning, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations and other state stakeholders.
Speaking while declaring the exercise open, Acting Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning Usman Azika Bodinga commended UNICEF for all its support to the state government, which , according to him, changed the life of the state.
While commending the Governor of the State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, for providing a favorable playing field for every workforce in the State to perform their duties in an optimal manner.
The Permanent Secretary urged participants to take the workshop with all the seriousness it deserves and to focus on the goals he has set himself to achieve.
Speaking on behalf of the Sultanate Council, the traditional leader of Kilgori, Dr Jabi Kilgori, described the need for social protection as very critical, especially in this time of pandemic.
While calling for the need for a very strong policy to guide the program, he called for consultation with traditional leaders in policy development.
However, he assured that the Sultanate Council is always ready to offer its full support to ensure effective implementation of the policy to achieve its goal.
The Honorable Kabiru Dauda, Member of the National Assembly who is also Chairman of the House Committee on Social Protection and Poverty Eradication, ensures state lawmakers will ensure timely adoption bills relating to politics.
His counterpart in the Assembly, the Honorable Aminu Almustapha, representing the constituency of Sabon Birni, assured that full support will be given to the swift passage of bills in the Assembly.
Almustapha, who is also the chairman of the house committee on solid minerals, revealed that more than 30,000 people in his constituency from different villages have taken refuge in the town of Sabon Birni.
Other partners who spoke on site included; representatives of the International Labor Organization, the World Food Program (WFP) and United Nations Development Partners (UNDP).
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