Regional governors have hailed the importance of initiating the social protection forum in The Gambia. The governors were speaking in an interview with the Daily Observer on the sidelines of the fifth National Social Protection Forum.
Omar Khan of CRR said the forum is very important as it registers success stories, noting that it will continue to help in poverty reduction as well as compliment government’s efforts in food security. He said the programme will enhance productivity in the area of agriculture and a lot particularly in the school feeding programme.
Governor Lamin Quin Jammeh of NBR described it as an advocacy forum that will try to inject some level of sensation in the participants for onward transmission to the communities, adding that because in everything they do they must have a conscious drive to fight against poverty the society will be smoothened.
“As long as poverty is eliminated there will be better leaving for everybody. The only remaining challenge for social protection is social, but the policies of this forum have created sufficient avenue for everybody to be socially included and poverty to be eliminated,” he said.
“If a few people are working and some are seated, there will be high level dependency on those who are trying and in the end it would be very difficult to see any marks before them.”
The URR governor, Omar Sampoo Ceesay noted that social protection is very important as far as humanity is concerned, saying if someone is protected economically, financially, food security and health wise amongst others is very good. He added that without social protection, a country cannot develop to its expectations. He, therefore, advised the general public to adhere to the policies that are put in place.
The director of Social Welfare, Fanta Bai Secka, said the forum is very important as it enhance partners to come together to discuss and strategise mapping the way forward for the implementation of the national social protection strategic plan. She said the government has approved, through cabinet, the policy and strategic plan document, the minimum package as well as the child protection strategic plan of action.
by Arfang MS Camara