Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola yesterday, launched a social security protection programme and backed it with a piece of legislation, saying it has always been his vision to provide happiness for the generality of the people.
The governor, 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 has, since coming into power, given out more than N4billion as none interest loans to women traders, to improve their standard of living. His administration, he said, has also been focused and resolute in its effort to wipe out poverty from Osun State through the government’s six point integral action plan, which has been the major guide to achieving the set objectives.
“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 programmes 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.