Social protection is right of all Nigerians _ SCI
Save the Children International(SCI) has said Social protection is a right of every Nigeria as it is embedded in numerous international human rights agreements to which the country a signatory.
Communication Manager of SCI, Kunle Olawoyin state this in a statement to formally close out the eight-years UKAid funded Child Development Grant Programme (2013-2021) and the formal unveiling of the Expanding Social Protection for Inclusive Development (ESPID), program.
The statement added that
Globally, the relevance of social protection has continued to increase, as a viable tool for mitigating economic and fiscal shocks, as we witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In Nigeria, social protection has continued to rise as a public priority, for addressing multidimensional poverty, an important policy instrument to address economic, social and political exclusion and vulnerability”
CDGP has been able to demonstrate solid evidence on how the government can use social protection to reduce stunting in the country; and showcase the role civil society can play in advancing the social protection agenda both at the state and federal level, towards ensuring the gender-sensitive and equitable coverage for excluded groups in the country”
“After just four years of implementation, the program witnessed significant improvements in key health and nutrition indicators in areas where CDGP was implemented in Jigawa and Zamfara states. These included a reduction in stunting, from 70.5% to 65%, an 80% increase in women using antenatal care services, a 150% increase in women practicing exclusive breastfeeding, and a 45% increase in children being vaccinated.
As part of the close-out of the eight-year-long program, Save the Children International and Action Against Hunger, implementers of CDGP are showcasing the program’s achievements, disseminating evidence in support of social protection and lessons learned, and making a clarion call to the Government and its partners to expand social protection services for the most vulnerable children, women, and households in Nigeria”, it says.