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FG committed to comprehensive Social Protection



Last Updated on July 25, 2023 by Fellow Press

The Federal Government said it was committed to ensure access to comprehensive social protection through programmes that would tackle poverty in the country.

The Permanent Secretary, Kachollom Daju, said this at a two- day Policy and Programmatic Dialogue workshop on Tuesday in Abuja.

The theme of the workshop is “Poverty and Vulnerability Profile in Nigeria” and is organised by the Social Protection Development Partners in collaboration with the Nigerian government

Daju was represented by Mrs Badooh Lyod, Assistant Director, Social Security and Cooperation Development Department in the ministry.

She said that Nigeria rightly acknowledged that eradicating poverty in all forms and dimensions remains the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

“Government recognises the fact that Social Protection is a veritable tool mitigating the drivers and effects of poverty, as well as being essential for advancing sustainability and promoting inclusive growth.

“This is with particular regards to accelerating progress towards achieving the globally agreed 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).

“Nigeria, through the ministry and other line Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are working towards the actualisation of access to comprehensive Social Protection.

“These are through programmes which tackle multiple dimensions of poverty and derivation, ” she said.

The permanent secretary said decent work, education, health care, social security, income security, are powerful tools in the battle against poverty and inequality.

Daju further said that in the absence of social protection for all, the most vulnerable are subjected to increased risks of sinking below the poverty line and remind trapped in poverty.

“There is, therefore, need for comprehensive plans and programmes to determine the extent of coverage, identify gaps, build on the acquired information, reduce the level of poverty and embrace commitment and maintaining human dignity,”she said.

Also, representative of UNICEF Nigeria Country Office, Cristian Munduate, said that as of 2022, 63 per cent of Nigeria population faces deprivation, a disturbing figure that includes 70 million children.

According to Munduate, the purpose of the workshop is to align our understanding of poverty and vulnerable, while seeking to expand our social register and establish a robust, inclusive, and responsive social protection systems.

“Our goal is a Nigeria where all citizens, particularly women, children and disabled, have access to strong social protection and are not living on the edge of poverty amid current realities.

“The meeting, hence, symbolises hope for a future where every Nigerian feels recognised and safeguarded.

“The essentially of a comprehensive register to reach those most in need can not be overstated,” she said

Also, Mr Ruben Alaba, Head, Cooperation, European Union to Nigeria, said that there was need to have a common understanding of poverty and its level of vulnerability in the country.

“There is no better time to have this workshop than now the new administration is planning to support the poor and vulnerable households with palliatives to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal.

“The European Union is committed to collaborating with the government of Nigeria towards addressing issues around poverty.

” Therefore, the question we need to critically look upon to address in this workshop is how we can have a robust single social registry that will be accepted by all and will in turn inform policy,” he said.


Minimum wage: Archbishop urges compromise



Last Updated on June 9, 2024 by Fellow Press

Archbishop Joseph Ojo, General Overseer of the Calvary Kingdom Church, Okokomaiko, Lagos State, on Saturday urged labour leaders and the Federal Government to reach a compromise as regards a new minimum wage.

Ojo made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The archbishop described wage negotiation as a social contract that should be approached with empathy by parties.

According to him compromise is needed in the matter to save the country from anxiety.

“They should consider the fact that the unemployed are much more than the few that are in government employment.

“The federal, states and local governments only employed some workers.

“Others are in firms owned and operated by individuals that might not be able to pay higher wage.

“The higher they push it, the higher the inability of the unemployed to survive, because firms, which struggle to pay staff, may not talk of hiring new ones,” he said.

The cleric said that lack of employment might result in increase in crimes.

“There are private sector employers, who cannot cope with what the federal or states will offer,” he added.

The cleric said that high wage bill might compel private schools to increase school bills to meet up with overhead costs.

“Some parents will not meet up, and their children would be forced to drop out of school,” he said.

He also advised governments to consider subsisting social-economic variables, such as cost of food items, transport and medical bills, and offer a sustainable minimum wage.

“The parties ought to put all these into consideration to achieve progress in their negotiation,” the cleric said.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress are now demanding N250, 000 as a new minimum wage.

The Federal Government has offered to pay N62,000.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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Over 200 intending pilgrims protest in Ilorin over faulty aircraft



Last Updated on June 7, 2024 by Fellow Press

No fewer than 200 intending pilgrims from Kwara on Friday protested at llorin international Airport over the inability of an aircraft to transport them to Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrims, officials of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board and the 2024 state Amirul Hajj had boarded the aircraft since Thursday.

The aircraft was, however, said to have developed a technical fault.

Some engineers with the Federal Airport Authority had been making frantic efforts to repair the faulty aircraft since Thursday without success.

Consequently, some of the intending pilgrims staged a protest over the development.

The intending pilgrims, alongside their relations, took the protest to the highway linking the airport with other communities to express their displeasure over the situation.

Some of the protesters were seen singing solidarity songs condemning the situation, especially since they are the tenth and last batch from the state.

Sen. lbrahim Oloriegbe, the state’s 2024 Amirul Hajj, while speaking with NAN, attributed the failure to transport the last batch of the pilgrims to faulty aircraft.

Oloriegbe said the intending pilgrims had boarded the aircraft since Thursday but were unable to be transported following the development.

The Amirul hajj said that they are expecting another aircraft from Medinnah to transport the intending pilgrims and the officials.

He appealed to them to exercise patience, as the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria was on top of the situation.

He said that the board would continue to cater for the feeding of the intending pilgrims pending when they would be transported to the holy land.

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