Four states in the North have committed a substantial part of their internally generated revenues (IGR) to social protection programmes to end poverty in their region.
The states are Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa and Zamfara.
According to Save the Children International – a non-governmental organisation – there is an increase in commitments from state governments to implement social protection programmes.
For example, the organisation said Kaduna State government has allocated one per cent of its IGR to social protection and Kano State has allocated 10 per cent of its 2022 budget to the same cause.
It added that Jigawa State has modelled its cash-transfer programme after the first phase of the Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP). Zamfara State has committed billions to the same protection programme.
Country Director, Save the Children International, Mercy Gichuchi, who said this at the Dissemination of Evidence and Lessons Learned from the CDGP in Abuja, called on governments at all levels to increase commitments towards social protection.
Gichuchi said if implemented properly, social protection systems can be powerful and transformative tools to shape countries, enhance human capital and productivity, build resilience and end the inter-generational cycle of poverty, especially child-poverty.
The country director said social protection programmes are feasible with great benefits for women, children and their households. She said by enacting social protection legislation at the federal and state levels, it will guarantee Nigerian citizens the right to adequate and decent standard of living as well as protection from deprivations and economic shocks.
We have also seen a surge in commitments from state governments, like Kaduna State, commits 1%IGR to social protection, Kano State’s allocation of 10% of its 2022 budget, the Jigawa State cash-transfer programme modelled after the first phase of CDGP, and the commitment of billions of naira by the Zamfara State Government.