The Advocacy and Policy Manager of a Non-governmental Organization, Save the Children, Mr. Bada Musa has called for synergy between government and partners to effectively coordinate various investments in implementing social protection programmes in the country.
He made the call on Street Children, a Radio Nigeria Network programme which focused on “street children and social protection programme.
According to Mr. Musa, the lack of synergy among government and other stakeholders has resulted in the duplication of social programmes and initiatives which have constituted some challenges in addressing the plight of vulnerable groups.
“one of the major challenges despite the huge investment by the government and partners, is that all these investments are not linked to one another, there are several duplications, lack of synergy among partner and government and that is constituting a huge challenge on addressing the challenge of street children” Mr. Musa explained.
The Senior Protection Specialist, Save the Children, Ms. Sheila Nkunika emphasized the need to urgently address the rights of children especially street children under social protection programmes and achieving sustainable development goals.
“If we don’t address the rights of children now, we count 15 or 20 years into the future we will end up with a society that is still in very extreme levels of poverty. Transformation of Nigeria and its society will only take place if that investment is done and best place to do that investment is in children” Ms. Sheila Nkunika.
Contributing to the programme, Mrs Inu Ade from Lagos state advised the government to engage with street children to understand their plight and enable them with skills and grants to contribute to national development.