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Matawalle inaugurates advisory social protection councils


By Aluta News

Dec. 24, 2021

Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has inaugurated the Social Protection Policy (SPP) and the formation state Social  Protection Council (SPC)
Speaking during the inauguration, Matawalle said, the committee will serve as the highest coordination body for resource mobilisation and oversight on the implementation of the approved social protection policy.The council’s terms of reference include consideration and decisions on reports, inputs, and other submissions from the Technical Working Group on Social Protection. 

He said  Gusau Matawalle said SPP and the formation SPC were approved by the State Executive Council in September 2020.
“This is aimed at harmonising other related social programmes targeted at reducing poverty and creating the circumstances for all citizens to live a decent life.
“The goal of the programme is to ensure that conditions for human development and social protection are met.
“The councils will serve as the highest coordination body for resource mobilisation and oversight on the implementation of the approved social protection policy among other critical responsibilities”, Matawalle said.
The council, he said, will clearly define social protection interventions for specific groups and strengthen  the state statistical system.
“The council will promote collaborative partnerships with the data communities and users ensuring that social protection programmes and interventions are prioritised in the state budgets.
”Other responsibilities include ensuring consistency with national, regional, and international guidelines and indicators for comparing progress made in different sectors, among others,” he said.
”The state government will not give up on its efforts to provide social security for our people. As part of this endeavour, the bills on Social Protection, Disability and Child Protection are on the final stage of legislative processes.
“I will give assent to the three bills the moment they are passed by the state house of assembly.
“We are also making efforts to make social protection highly responsive in terms of substantial financial allocations to critical areas of social development such as health, education, commerce, and humanitarian,” he said,
The Secretary to the State Government is to serve as council chairman.
Other members are Ministry of Women, Children, Social Welfare, Local Government and Community Development, Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
Others  are ministries of Education, Health, Youth and Sport, Justice, Religious Affairs, Agriculture, Head of Civil Service, representatives of the organised private sector, state chairman  of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON and, Directorate of Skills Acquisition, Development Partners in the State.