Accommodate Almajirai In National Social Safety Net – Kano Gov
Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has asked the Federal Government to review its National Social Safety Net Programme (NAPPS) to accommodate out-of-school children, especially Almajirai.
He said: “the problem of Almajirai is a critical social and economic problem, which needs to be tackled proactively, to lift the children out of poverty and to tap their potentials for national growth.”
Speaking during a stakeholders’ meeting on implementation of the Social Safety Net Programme in Kano, Governor Ganduje, represented by his deputy, Professor Hafiz Abubakar, explained that the problem of child beggars is not only a problem to Northern Nigeria but a serious national challenge.
In a shift of commendation, nevertheless, the governor lauded the Federal Government for coming up with the programme at a time the country is facing challenges of unemployment and poverty, worsened by a dwindling economy, adding that the Social Safety Net is in tandem with the policies of his administration to alleviate poverty.
To ensure the useful engagement of unemployed persons in the state, the governor stated that the state had already set up committees to identify beneficiaries and to ensure efficient implementation and management of the programme.
“I assure the federal government of our full support and commitment as well as readiness of the people of the state to make good use of these initiatives,” the governor emphasized.
Earlier, the Special Adviser on Social Investment, Office of the Vice President, Hajiya Maryam Uwais, represented Dr Tope Sinkoye, explained that the programme’s overall objectives include, among other things, to reduce poverty and unemployment, encourage school enrollment, build citizens capacity and promote scholarships in Science and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
She added that it entails five main components that are expected to touch the lives of ordinary Nigerians, adding that it will be financed with an allocation of N500 billion in the 2016 Federal Government budget.
On her part, the focal person in-charge of the programme in Kano, who is also the state Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Hajiya Aisha Muhammad Bello, stressed the need for women, youth and petty traders to participate fully in the programme because of its potential to transform their lives. She stated that local government chairmen have a pivotal role to play in the success of the programme, assuring of the full commitment of the state government to guarantee that the set goals are achieved.