CSO wants residents to take ownership of Kaduna govt.’s social protection policy


A Civil Society Organization, Kaduna State Social Protection Accountability Coalition (KADSPAC) on Thursday charged residents to take ownership of government’s social protection policy.

KADSPAC made the call in Kaura, headquarters of Kaura Local Government Area of the state at a community sensitization on the policy and promotion of girls’ education.

The sensitization was held in collaboration with Save the Children, an international NGO.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Kaduna State government launched the social protection policy in February to address the vulnerability of   poorest residents by mitigating their social and economic shocks.

According to the government, the goal of the policy is to achieve a Kaduna State where poor and vulnerable persons live productive and dignifying lives.

Mr. Andrew Istifanus, the KADSPAC champion for Kaura, said the essence of the meeting was to sensitize people on the policy and get their feedback on how it could be better implemented.

Istifanus told participants that social protection was a right of citizens and not a privilege; hence the need for citizens to ensure it is implemented in an inclusive and sustainable manner.

Also speaking, Dogara Audu, a KADSPAC member, underscored the need for more synergy between the government and the governed, noting that only then would the society improve.

“The process of social protection in Kaduna State and in Nigeria is emerging and may have its peculiar challenges.

“As such, feedback will be priceless to help in strengthening the process.

“There is, therefore, the need for the people to be abreast of how much they have influenced the decisions in social protection interventions.

“This will improve citizens’ confidence in the policy and encourage them to partner with the government in realizing the expected outcomes of social protection programmes and girl education,’’ he added.

Audu implored residents to take advantage of the Kaduna citizens’ feedback mobile application that allows them to track government’s projects in their localities.

A participant, Zakaria Swanta from Zunuruk Village, urged the state government to regularly update the social register for the poor and the vulnerable to ensure that no one was left behind.

Other participants who spoke at the event commended the state government for launching the policy to cater to the poor and to the vulnerable.

They expressed how the knowledge gained was vital and pledged to percolate the awareness in their various communities.

In a related development, representatives of various communities made commitments to support the drive to ensure more girls in the state were enrolled in schools. (NAN)


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