85 NGOs charge FG on the social protection system

Eighty-five non-governmental associations tasked the federal government with developing a robust protection system to eliminate poverty and inequality in the country.

NGOs under the umbrella of the Nigeria NGO Network made the call during a virtual seminar held as part of the Global Week of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals.

In a statement made available to The PUNCH on Tuesday, the group noted that the economic downturn in the country has worsened the impact of COVID-19 on the level of poverty in Nigeria.

The Executive Director of the Nigerian NGO Network, Oyebisi, B. Oluseyi, echoed the participants’ statement when he said, “The past two years have been difficult for families and communities across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The closures and strict control measures have hit commercial activities hard, including very small businesses, most of which have ended up dying completely, throwing many families who depended on them even further below the poverty line.”

Therefore, the NGOs called on the federal government to “create and guarantee a strong social protection system for all, which guarantees a community-based approach that is more rights-based and focused on the financial inclusion of marginalized groups in order to ensure the equity in governance and processes” and encouraged civil society organizations to “mobilize resources locally by engaging private actors to contribute at least 1% of their annual profits to fight poverty and the challenges posed by the pandemic “.

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Joel C. Hicks