Nigerian govt. approves National Social Protection policy
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a National Social Protection Policy to enhance social justice, equity and all inclusive growth in the country.
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, made this known when she briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council’s meeting, which was presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
Ahmed, who addressed the correspondents alongside the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige and Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, said the policy aimed at using a transformative mechanism for mitigating poverty and unemployment across the country.
She said the Council also approved the establishment of the National Council on Social Protection for smooth implementation of the policy.
“Today, in Council we presented National Social Protection Policy. The policy is a framework which seeks to provide social justice, equity and inclusive growth using a transformative mechanism for mitigating poverty and unemployment in Nigeria.
“You will recall that the Federal Government since 2016 has started the social investment programme and each of these programmes that had been rolled out including the Home Growth School Feeding programme; the N-Power programme as well as the Conditional Cash Transfer were drawn from this policy which was in a draft form this time.
“So, what we have done today was to provide to Council and the Council approved a policy that is largely inspirational but seeks to ensure that every Nigerian citizen has at least the minimum of what is required in terms of human development and human protection,’’ she said.
In his contribution, Ngige disclosed that the Council also approved a new National Employment Policy to address the problems of unemployment and under-employment in the country.
According to him, the last operational employment policy in Nigeria was approved in 2002, saying that the new policy was reviewed in 2013.
”The last employment policy we have been operating in Nigeria was approved in 2002, that is 14 years and in those 14 years a lot of things have changed in labour and employment industry.
”Things like employment for people with disabilities, decent jobs programme and doing jobs without polluting the environment and other things that are new and contemporary in the labour market.
”So, this policy was reviewed in 2013 with technical assistance from international labour organisations and major stakeholders like employers were involved, workers’ unions and this document was crystallised and this policy seeks to give decent jobs to people.
”Job creation is multi sectoral, it is not limited to one ministry; not limited to the public service alone and the private sector is involved and this policy seeks to capture the relevant affected persons and people that will apply this so that we can fight unemployment and under employment.’’