Osun State governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Friday launched a social security protection programme and backed it with a piece of legislation, saying it has always being his vision to provide happiness for the generality of the people.
Aregbesola who spoke at the launching of ‘Osun Social Protection Policy and Law’ pointed out that the social protection programmes of his administration were mapped out to take care of different forms of vulnerability.
He explained that his administration gave out more than N4b as none interest loans to women traders to improve their standard of living.
Aregbesola said the administration has been focused and resolute to wipe out poverty from Osun through the government’s six point integral action plan which has been the major guide to achieving the set objectives.
According to Aregbesola, “Our style of leadership is not just by accident, it has been my joy since childhood to bring happiness to the generality of the people at the same time.
“Since the beginning of this administration, we have been focused and resolute to terminate poverty in Osun through our six point integral action plan and we rolled out different social intervention programs to take care of different forms of vulnerability in society.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s UNICEF representative Mr Mohammed Fall said the various social security programmes of the Aregbesola’s administration have attracted the attention of the world because of its impact at eliminating poverty.
Fall who spoke at the launching disclosed that “Osun has become a leading state in the provision of social protection programmes in the entire country, hence the interest of UNICEF in supporting the state in the funding of the programmes.”
The Osun Social Protection Policy and Law make it compulsory for every government in the state to implement social protection programmes for the people.
Represented by Mr Andrew Buffon at the event, Fall explained that Osun is always presented as an example to the world whenever the issue of social protection in Africa is being discussed, advising that all efforts must be made to lift poor families out of poverty line for the good of all.
He urged government at all levels in Nigeria to take issue of social security serious as a means of reducing crime and other social vices in the society.
The UNICEF boss noted that his organisation renders support in the area of research, training, coordination, organization and implementation of social protection programmes.
Besides, UNICEF also renders technical support, development and also support in funding the social protection programmes.
Speaking, the Director General, Office of Economic Development and Partnership, Dr Charles Akinola said the implementation of social protection programmes became necessary for the Aregbesola’s administration because of the need to improve the lives of the down trodden in the state.
Akinola who described the Osun social protection programmes as a fight against poverty in the state, said the administration of Aregbesola has always been determined to banish hunger and poverty in the state.