UNICEF, FG lauds Osun model on social protection

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[Osun]–The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund and the Federal government of Nigeria has lauded Osun State Government policies on promoting social protection among her citizens.

This was disclosed at the Opening Session of a three-day programme tagged: ‘Overview of the Social Protection Initiative in Osun’, held in Osogbo, on Thursday.

Fifteen states in Nigeria participated in the interstate  social protection study tour to hear and see what machinery are been put to use by Osun State governor.

The UNICEF Nigeria Chief of Field Offices and Coordination, Dr Annefrida Kisessa, said the organization appreciates the social protection programme of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration.

She said “social protection programmes are the only way to reach the people who are in need of intervention and reduce poverty level”

According to Dr. Kisessa, UNICEF is very privileged and proud to partner with Osun state and Anambra state, it is even another privilege to facilitate and contribute at our level to the achieving result for children. UNICEF believes that to attain development, you have to make sure you tap into the potentials of everyone, particularly the potentials of the people who are in need.

“For this reason, we see what is happening in Osun, all the social protection initiatives. It is through social protection initiatives that you can reach the people who are in need. We appreciate Osun for what it has done and for allowing us to partner on the social protection initiatives.”

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma said Osun is a model for the Federal Government and other states on the social protection programmes.

Senator Udoma who is represented by Dr. Sampson Ebimaro, also said “the state government for its intervention programmes aimed at ameliorating poverty and reducing illiteracy level and providing standard education in the state.

According to Ebimaro, Aregbesola is moving fast in the development of education infrastructure with the construction of modern school buildings.

While Governor Aregbesola was delivering his speech said “social intervention programmes are to motivate, shape and improve the living standard of the people in the state, saying that the primary consideration of his administration is to take care of the people”.

“I never thought my social intervention programmes would be considered models and worthy of emulation”.

According to the governor, his administration has put in place programmes and policies that that will take 10 years of economic recession or depression to erase.

He stated that he has been able to reduce the poverty and unemployment level of the state through programmes like the Osun Youths Empowerment Scheme, the free feeding for elementary school children, empowerment of women who prepare the food for the feeding, among others.

The governor appreciated UNICEF for acknowledging his social protection programs and counting the state worthy of partnership.

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