The Office of Economy Development and Partnership (OEDP) in the Office of the Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, today held a workshop in Osogbo, the state capital on validation of social protection policy in the state.
The workshop was attended by representatives of the labour unions, private sector, nongovernmental organizations, research experts, chairmen of local government councils, top government officials from various ministries, departments and agencies as well as the Commissioners and the Special Advisers to the Governor.
The Commissioner for Budget Economic Planning who is also the Chairman of Osun Social Protection Programmes Implementation Committee, Dr Olalekan Yinusa told the participants that the workshop was organised to scrutinise the document on the Osun Social Protection Policy.
The Director General of OEDP, Dr Charles?Diji Akinola said the workshop was aimed at fully carrying the all stakeholders in the state along in the process of developing a comprehensive social protection policy for the state.
He lauded the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), EPRI, women groups, academics, civil society organizations, traditional leaders, religious leaders, community leaders, teachers, professional bodies, labour unions, civil society organizations, artisans, market men and women, development experts, politicians, and members of the Osun Social Protection Programme Implementation Committee and Technical Working Group among others for their enormous contribution to the development of the policy.
According to a social security lawyer “we are together making progress in recognizing the fact that our State of Osunas development can only be hastened up, if we work together to eliminate factors that contribute to poverty, inequality and vulnerability. Presently, social protection is seen by the international community, regional bodies such as the African Union, national and state governments as a policy tool to address such development challenges?