Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna state has on Tuesday launched a Social Protection Policy in the state.
The social protection policy is to be used in programmes designed to help the poor and vulnerable in the society.
This new establishment is to ensure that all social programmes are delivered in an integrated, inclusive and sustainable way of maximizing the use of resources and achieving a high impact.
According to the governor, the social register had to be used in programmes aimed at helping the poor, while Nigeria had to abandon the idea of giving aid programs to the rich and powerful.
“Nigeria is going through difficult times. We have the largest number of poor people than any other country in the world. However, whenever a program is designed to help the poor and vulnerable, we employ a niche mentality in which important people are given niches rather than targeting the deserving poor and vulnerable. It is unfortunate. We have to put the slot mentality aside and use our social registry to offer specific support to those who really need it.”
El-Rufa’i appealed to other governors in Nigeria to drop the slot mentality and let the social programme help the most vulnerable in the society.
“The agency will utilize an Integrated Social Protection Management Information System, which will serve as a data repository to ensure that the poorest of the poor are prioritized in programme planning and benefits.
“To ensure that Government delivers on its commitment, Social Protection Policy will be backed by a Social Protection Law and well-articulated Implementation Plan and Outcomes System work has already been developed,” he said.