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Rights Advocate canvass increase Government investment in Social protection program to curb raising cases of Poverty in Nigeria

From: FORTUNE OYEM

A Frontline Human rights advocate and Executive Director, African Network For Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), Reverend David Ugolor  wants states across Nigeria to increase investments in social protection programe in order to curb raising cases of poverty currently bedeviling the country.

The Executive Director of ANEEJ made this observations while addressing journalists on the progress so far made in the implementation of the Enhancing Social Protection Programme in Nigeria (ESPPIN) project by ANEEJ and the overall poverty situation in Nigeria.

According to him, throughout the ESPPIN journey, challenges were met with unwavering resolve.

“Insecurity, bureaucracy, and conflicting priorities posed obstacles, but our determination to effect change remained.

“The ESPPIN project unveiled invaluable lessons, particularly in the realm of stakeholder engagement.”

“We learned that repeated advocacy, collaboration with the government, and the utilization of existing platforms are vital strategies that accelerate progress.

“While we reflect on the project’s successes, it is imperative that concerted efforts are made to address the existing gaps in social protection within the country. Considering this, we urge the relevant stakeholders to take the following steps:

Development Partners Support for Social Protection Programmes. We wish to call on the donor community, the Africa Development Bank, the World Bank and the Private sector to make bold efforts in supporting Social Protection Programmes at both the National, sub-national and local levels in the country to forestall human tragedy in Nigeria.

He added that, “Moving forward, ANEEJ will continue to advocate, monitor, and collaborate with all development partners to ensure that the gains achieved remain secure and impactful and implore the governments of Delta, Bayelsa, and other states lacking comprehensive social protection policies to expedite the creation and implementation of such policies without delays.

He further urged the State Houses of Assembly in states such as Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, and Edo, among others, to initiate the process of enacting Social Protection laws.

Adding that swift action in this regard will facilitate the states’ contributions to eradicating poverty and promoting social justice, particularly with the problems that have come with the recent removal of subsidy on petrol”.

 

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