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Zamfara begins Zero draft of Social Protection Law


Zamfara begins Zero draft of Social Protection Law

The Zamfara State Government with the support of the Save the Children International (SCI) an NGO through the Child Development Grant Programme (GDGP) funded by Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) commenced a draft of the Social Protection Bill in the state.

The FCDO through its funded CDGP project had supported the state on cash transfer programme for pregnant women in the state for Six years and currently working on additional two years on Strengthening Social Protection Systems (SSPS) in the state. 

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Speaking at the opening session of the four day workshop for the draft of the bill in Kano, the Communication Officer of the SCI, Nura Muhammad Dantawasa said the workshop was aimed at ensuring effective social protection implementation in the state. 

“Following the approval of Social Protection Policy in Zamfara State in Oct. 2020 by Gov. Bello Matawalle, the CDGP being a FCDO funded project deemed it necessary to continue to support the state to have a documents that will be backed by law to ensure the permanence, predictability and transparency in the implementation of social protection programmes 

“The legal documents is required to enable the beneficiaries to enforce their entitlements to social protection benefits.” Dantawasa said. 

In his remark, the state Commissioner of Budget and Economic Planning, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibo commended the SCI for supporting the workshop. 

Jibo assured the state government’s commitments to continue working with the development partners to move the state forward. 

He called on the participants to pay keen interest to the workshop so as to come up with better documents. 

The Clerk of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Shehu Sa’idu Anka said the workshop is for the stakeholders to deliberate and come up with a zero draft of the bill.

Anka reiterated the commitments of the Sixth assembly in the state to continue providing social protection laws and legislation for the betterment of the people of the state. 

The Social Protection and Inclusion Coordinator (SPIC), Mrs Ese Awharitoma said the participants of the workshop were derived  from the state House of Assembly, officials from the state Ministries of Budget and Economic Planning, Justice, Women and Children Affairs, representatives from UNICEF and National Disability Commission among others. 

Various paper presentations from resource persons, and groups work by the participants are taking place as the workshop is ongoing.

Zamfara begins Zero draft of Social Protection Law

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