Key implementers of social protection programmes in Kaduna State which include but not limited to Save the Children International, Office of the Focal Person, Social Investment Programme, Kaduna State and Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition (KADSPAC) are currently engaging media executives on need for aggressive campaign on the activities on social protection interventions in the state.
The two-day engagement which was scheduled for August 18-19, was developed based on the pivotal role the media play in bringing government policies and programmes closer to the people for awareness, education and demand generation which will transform into successful implementation of such programmes.
Social protection programmes are the programmes deliberately designed usually by the government to cushion effect of shock that may arise from poverty or vulnerability – examples include the ongoing conditional cash transfer and COVID-19 palliatives shared to poor and vulnerable homes.
Now, Save the Children and Action Against Hunger are implementing an intervention called Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP -phase I) aimed at tackling high malnutrition cases in Nigeria, which undermine the survival of children and fuel the intergenerational transfer of poverty.
According to the Kaduna Field Manager, Tanko Langaya, the second phase of the programme would increase its focus on systems strengthening, evidence generation, advocacy and capacity building with particular emphasis on child and nutrition-sensitive social protection.
This he said, would contribute to the increase in coverage of inclusive and accountable social protection at federal and state level. The Programme is being implemented in Jigawa, Zamfara, Kano and Kaduna states.
Speaking specifically on role if the media in the intervention he said, “from investigative journalism to reporting about social investment reforms, the media has been identified as one of the strongest advocacy platforms to push the government to respond to citizens’ needs and hold them to account, as well as mobilize citizens to engage in the governance process for sustainability.
Langaya, who spoke at the opening session of the meeting in Zaria through Advocacy and Communication Coordinator, Save the Children, Farouk Abdulkadir explained further that, CDGP is being funded by DFiD.
“This two-day event will introduce new evidence, increase knowledge on social protection and focus on how the media can play a powerful role in advancing social protection for the most vulnerable in Nigeria”, he said.
In a remark, Special Assistant to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Social Investment Programme, Rebecca Pandonu who stood-in for the Focal Person, Social Investment Programme, Saude Amina Atoyebi reiterated the commitment of the State government to lift a sizable number of households from poverty through the programme.
Earlier, Chairperson, KADSPAC, Jessica Batholomew intimated participants at the meeting the need to support efforts aiming at no one is left behind in accessing social protection rights where the media come in.
The participants were drawn from electronics, print and online media practitioners, civil society organisations and development partners working around social protection interventions in Kaduna State.
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