On the 29th of September 2020, Kosofe Local Government in collaboration with the Lagos Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget held a Stakeholders sensitization forum on the implementation of the National Social Safety-nets Project (NASSP) at the Council Hall.
The aim of the meeting was to formally meet the NASSP committee awarded to the Local government, as both would be working together in devising methods to identify the vulnerable in the community.
The National Social Safety-Net Coordinating Office (NASSCO) established by the Government of Nigeria in partnership with the World Bank was created to strengthen social safety nets and social protection system in Nigeria as a core strategy to help end extreme poverty and to promote shared prosperity.
The core mandate of NASSCO therefore is to lay a strong foundation of rigorous and reliable evidence of poor and vulnerable households in Nigeria, by building a National Social Register (NSR), as well as coordinate, refine and integrate the social safety-net programs into social protection systems, while ensuring policy coherence.
The Chairman of the Council, Hon. Afolabi Sofola, began the meeting with an opening speech, appreciating the initiative being conducted by the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, describing it as a welcome development.
He went ahead to say that the stakeholders meeting was long overdue since other local governments had been involved prior to their inclusion. He emphasised the need to catch up to them by cooperating with the Lagos State Operation Coordinating Unit (LASOCU).
In an effort to convey the importance of the project to the community, Hon. Sofola appealed to all members of the Local Government to ensure total cooperation for a smooth process. He also commended the effort made by the Federal Government in making the project feasible.
Next, the honourable Chairman emphasised the need to gather data in order for the ministry to attend its the various target levels spanning disaster management, social development, and vulnerable people in the society. He urged all to cooperate with the ministry and play their part. He also assured that the local government and political party would do their own parts to assist and ensure progress.
He concluded by thanking the Federal government for embarking on a project that would make a huge change in the lives of so many people.
Members of the team to carryout the community exercise include Yusuf Olanrewaju (Director), Mrs Abiola Osiki, (Information communication), and Ayodele D. Fajemibola (Grievances Redress Mechanism Officer).
In attendance at the meeting were Hon. Omotuyi Awosola (Vice Chairman), Hon. Olumide Onayemi (Leader of the House), Hon. Abayomi Ologbonri (SLG), MBS Arole (Head of Administration), Hon. Lanre Oladunjoye (Supervisor for Education), Hon. Oyetayo Oyeyemi (Supervisor for Agric, Social & Youth), Hon. Fatai Gbadebo (Chief of Staff), Hon. Segun Babatunde (CDC Chairman), Mrs Modupe Adekola (HOD Budget & Planning), traditional rulers, religious leaders, and many more.