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Budget, Finance Ministries to host National Social Protection Policy review webinar

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Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed. Photo: TWITTER/FEDERALMINISTRYOFFINANCE

The Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, in conjunction with other international development partners, is set to host an enlightenment webinar session billed to enable stakeholders to effectively understand the provisions of the National Social Protection Policy and make their input in the planned process for its review.

Slated for March 16, 2021, the webinar is designed to sensitise the public on the policy and its relevance to them. As part of stakeholder engagement, the general public is considered a major stakeholder, and the webinar will serve as a buildup to further planned consultations with the ministries and their development partners.

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Speaking on the objective of the webinar, the Permanent Secretary, Minister of Budget & National Planning, who also doubles as the Chairperson of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the review of the policy, Mrs. Olusola Idowu said: “This webinar will help the public understand the key aspects of the policy for better ownership and how to benefit from government’s intervention efforts in providing social safety nets for its citizens”.

Attendance at the webinar, she added “is free to the public and is to be conducted virtually via Zoom, Youtube and Facebook Live.”

According to the stakeholder engagement consultant, Dr. Tunji Olugbodi, the webinar will open the eyes of Nigerians to what social protection is and is a very key activity that has to be undertaken, as part of the buildup to the institutionalisation of the policy.

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The webinar will have in attendance, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning, Ms. Olusola Idowu, (keynote speaker); Ms. Sheila Nkunika, Senior Programme Specialist, Save The Children; Dr Bandara Amarakoon – Economic Adviser, UNDP Nigeria; Mr Hamidou Poufon -Chief of Policy, UNICEF Nigeria, and Mr Francesco Tisei, Social Protection Advisor, WFP Nigeria.

Others are Mr Iorwa Apera-Chief of Policy, National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO); Mr Omotayo Adeyemi, Director, Social Development, MFBNP; Dr Sanjo Faniran, Deputy Director, Social Development, MFBNP and Dr Tunji Olugbodi, Consultant on stakeholder engagement who will be the anchor and moderator.

The session will hold virtually in adherence to COVID-19 guidelines. Individuals and other interest groups can join in on the Zoom call on the day of the event or register to attend. Further information about the review of the policy can be got from the social platforms being used to sensitise the public about the review process.

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