Lagos State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget has in collaboration with United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) organised a sensitization workshop.
The workshop is to help address key social economic deprivations faced by Lagos dwellers with a view to impacting positively on their lives.
The workshop which took place simultaneously in Surulere, Oshodi/lsolo and Epe local government areas of Lagos State was an eye opener as it gave participants opportunity to indivulge numerous challenges confronting them.
Speaking at the workshop in Surulere, Chairman, Technical Working Group of the Social Protection Policy Formulation for Lagos State who is also the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economic Planning & Budget, Mr. Abayomi Kadri said the workshop was necessary as it would afford the state government the chance to ameliorate key social difficulties faced by the teaming population of the state.
Mr. Kadir who was represented by the Director Development Partnership in the ministry , Mr. Bankole Adetola, also explained that the state government intended to come up with a policy that would give direction to the ways, steps and approaches to be taken in alleviating the sufferings of the people.
He therefore urged participants at the workshop to be outspoken adding, “Say it as it concerns you, because today’s gathering will go a long way in determining our tomorrow. This is one of the three of such meetings that we will be having to seek your inputs. It is about you and me, let us lend our voices.”
Speaking on “the overview of National Social Protection Policy (NSPP)”, Muhammad Okorie of UNICEF described NSPP as a mixture of policies and programmes designed for individuals and households throughout the life cycle to prevent and reduce poverty and socio- economic shocks.
According to him, the NSPP adopted a life cycle approach as obtained in the NV 20:2020 and added that the approach had features which stated that all individuals passed through a life cycle with different stages of life defined by age brackets which included: 0-5, 6-14, 15-24, 25-64 and above 65 years.