Udoma Udo Udoma
Budget and National Planning Minister, Senator Udo Udoma

Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja

The Federal Government has restated its resolve to employ every possible means to drastically cut down the current rate of poverty in the country.

The Budget and National Planning Minister, Senator Udo Udoma, reaffirmed the government’s position in Abuja on Wednesday at a two-day Social Protection Cross-Learning Summit.

A reform agenda for the social protection sector is currently being articulated by he federal government as a means of ensuring that the present unacceptable levels of poverty are reduced to the barest minimum.

The National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO), which was recently set up is driving the reform agenda under the Office of the Vice President, with the responsibility of coordinating all social safety net initiatives in the country.

The NASSCO is leveraging on existing experiences in-country, as well as global best practices, to improve the procedures and processes that would drive progressive change in the delivery of social safety nets through an action oriented focus on delivering critical projects and initiatives.

Udoma, who explained the objectives of the programme, said it would contribute in influencing design and implement social safety nets in the country, for greater impact.

The minister noted that the event came at a time the federal government is reforming social protection practices and policies in Nigeria, adding that the forum was significant in view of the incumbent administration’s present economic direction.