Lagos, UNICEF partner to tackle societal problems
The Lagos State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) have organized a workshop on societal problems and their impacts for people of the state.
The workshop, which took place in Surulere, Oshodi/lsolo and Epe local government areas of the state, gave participants the opportunity to divulge numerous challenges confronting them.
Speaking at the workshop in Surulere, the Chairman, Technical Working Group on Social Protection, Mr. Abayomi Kadiri, said the workshop was necessary as it would afford the state government the opportunity to address key social problems in Lagos.
Kadiri is also the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning in the state.
Represented by the Director of Developmental Partnership in the ministry, Mr. Bankole Adetola, he said the state government would come up with a policy guideline on the matter.
A UNICEF official, Muhammad Okorie, who spoke on the National Social Protection Policy (NSPP), described the NSPP as admixture of policies and programmes designed for individuals and households to prevent poverty and socio- economic shocks.
According to him, social protection interventions are age-appropriate and recognize the need to arrest the build-up of risks and vulnerabilities throughout the life cycle.
Such interventions, he said systematically target all stages of life such that the socio-economic situation in one phase does not transmit to the next phase.
He said cumulative benefits are achieved across generations.