The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Thursday, revealed the Edo State Social Protection Policy to checkmate social indecencies and safeguard weak people in the state.
Obaseki sent off the strategy at a municipal event labeled, ‘Government assistance Enhancement and Sustainable Development in Edo State,’ held at the Government House, Benin City. Read: Herdsmen attack vigilante operative in Edo
Partners at the municipal event were drawn from the legal executive, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), security offices, government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), as well as religious, traditional and political leaders, among others.
The governor, represented by the Commissioner for Social Development and Gender issues Hon. Mrs. Maria Edeko, said the official Q&A event is to ponder on approaches, projects and drives left upon by his organization to cause social improvement in Edo State.
He noted, “As government, we get the colossal errand of safeguarding the lives and property of our people, and we depend on the dynamic help, everything being equal, to follow through on our command.
“Edo State is honored. Our people keep on supporting advancement and push the limits of what is conceivable with regards to human government assistance, both in Nigeria and across the globe, yet we are not negligent of differentiating accounts of chronic drug use, youngster work, begging, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, illegal exploitation, and different difficulties face by weak people in the public arena. The expanded occurrence of cybercrime and the close complete breakdown of our worth framework are likewise troubling and startling.
“The cures we are conveying to manage the issues of social separations are multi-pronged, including endeavors to further develop instruction at all levels;Informationleave on a multilateral methodology for abilities advancement zeroed in on utilizing Communication Technology (ICT); reinforce recovery administrations; further develop admittance to quality and reasonable medical services, and assemble imposing food frameworks.”
“This strategy is based on five significant points of support to incorporate Social Assistance, Social Care, Social Insurance, Labor Market Intervention and Traditional Family and Community Support,” Obaseki added.
On his part, Commissioner for Youths and Humanitarian Affairs, Hon. Chris Nehikhare said the approach, in addition to other things, will address checking destitution which includes the failure to cater for essential necessities, for example, food, clothing, cover, admittance to fundamental administrations, cultural incorporation and work support.
Likewise, the Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Benin Branch, Barr. Pius Oiwoh, faulted religious organizations and security organizations for supporting and abetting cybercrime, adding, “Aside religious leaders, security agencies additionally are not assisting the issue as they take their cut and free these young men.”
In the mean time, the Chief Imam of Benin Central Mosque, Alhaji Abdul-fatai Enabulele lauded the state government for the official Q&A event, charging for political will to execute the suggestions from the conversations.
The Archbishop of Benin City who was addressed by Rev. Fr. Benedict Onwugbenu censured the rising number of street children in the state, swearing to work with the state government to address the hazard.