The Niger State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Susan Agbara has disclosed that the United Nations (UN) is assisting the state government in strengthening its social protection policy.
Speaking at a stakeholders forum on the validation of Niger state Social Protection Policy in Minna, the Commissioner said the framework is intended to strengthen systems for delivery across selected Social Protection programs.
She listed the programs to include social health insurance for formal sector workers and retirees, community based health insurance schemes, disaster risk management and food security, workers compensation, gratuity and pension schemes as well as services for older persons and the disabled.
According to Agbara, the United Nations through its Development Programme (UNDP) had noted that government efforts to date have lacked comprehensive social protection policy framework, strategies and clear action plans while the multidimensional social protection initiatives were found to be lacking standards, hence, their decision to step in.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Racheal Yisa said that the social protection policy when finalized will empower every vulnerable group in the state, “conscious effort is made to ensure the vulnerable groups are not left uncared for, without the basic needs of life.
“Social protection policy reduces the gap of poverty. The gap will be closed and everyone will live a fulfilled life.”
In his address, the UNDP Coordinator in Niger state, Mallam Baba Wachiko said that the United Nations observed that the state had no active social protection policy and decided to step in.
He expressed optimism that very soon, the state will have an active social protection policy that will take care of the masses.
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