Two Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, Action Against Hunger International and Save the Children International have called on the federal legislators in Kano and Jigawa states to intensify efforts in the provision of social protection programmes with a view to lifting their constituents out of poverty.
The NGOs, in a communiqué issued at the end of a One-Day Engagement with Lawmakers from Kano and Jigawa States on Social Protection in Abuja on Friday, also called on the Federal Government to focus on enforcement of its existing laws on tax to increase funding for social protection programmes across the country.
According to the NGOs, improved tax is the only way governments at all levels could generate funds for Social Protection Programmes aimed at improving the lives of the citizenry.
The NGOs reminded Nigerians that social protection is a right, urging them to demand for such right from the government.
While noting that social protection is key to reducing poverty, the NGOs stressed that the programme goes a long way in improving the ability, opportunity, and dignity of the poor and vulnerable in the country.
The NGOs, therefore, called on the federal and state governments to invest in Social Protection Programmes in order to improve the livelihood of poor and the vulnerable in the country.
The communiqué, however, commended the Federal Government for its social protection programs such as the Conditional Cash Transfer, N-Power, National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, calling on the government to do more.
“We also recognize the efforts of Kano and Jigawa States on social protection programs.
“We recognize the executive and legislative powers as a veritable platform for harnessing and aligning the statutory functions of lawmakers towards achieving effective and efficient social protection that can lift the people out of poverty through viable legislative and institutional framework.
“There is the need for effective synergy between the three levels of government (Federal, state and local) in implementation.
“There is also the need to carry along the relevant stakeholders in the design and implementation of the programs,” the NGOs stated.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that during the workshop, a joint forum for the two states’ legislators was formed.
The forum termed ‘Legislative Forum on Social Protection’, is expected to coordinate the Social Protection Programme activities in the respective states.