UNICEF urges state govts to prioritise social protection programme

Mrs Christiana Munduate

THE UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Mrs Christiana Munduate has urged state governments to prioritise social protection  policy alongside education and healthcare programmes.

Munduate stated this at the inauguration of the Gombe State Social Protection Policy Document, on Wednesday in Gombe.

She said the policy document was a step towards attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country, adding that it would ensure protection for children and women exposed to poverty, inequality, diseases, death and illiteracy.

The UNICEF Official said the policy alongside education and healthcare programmes could serve as determinants for development policies agenda.

She said that the three determinants must be carried out to salvage households including children from extreme poverty.

Munduate reiterated readiness of the UN agency to provide the much needed knowledge and technical support towards achivening sustainable development.

She commended the Gombe state government for its commitment towards ensuring effective implementation of the policy document and enjoined other states to emulate the gesture.

Gov. Inuwa Yahaya reitrated his administration commitment to improve the life of the poor people especially children.

Represented by his deputy, Manassah Jatau, the governor said that social protection was among the best foundation for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development programmes.

“This protection is necessary on account of recent events and happenings in our environment which poses great threats to the world population particularly children and women,’’ he said.

Also, the Special Adviser to the governor on Budget, Planning and Development Partner Coordination, Dr Ishiyaku Mohammed described the policy as critical to poverty reduction.

According him, the social protection policy document provides framework to promote peaceful coexistence and improved livelihood. (NAN)