SGF Mustapha urges SSGs to provide status of poverty eradication programmes in all states

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Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha has urged all Secretaries to State Governments (SSGs) to make available information relating to the status of poverty eradication programmes in their respective states.

The SGF who spoke on Friday in Abuja at the first virtual meeting of the Forum of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Secretaries to the State Governments said “In our preparation for this meeting, we had requested for the status of poverty eradication programmes in all your states and unfortunately we only received responses from sixteen states. These information, which have been forwarded to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development are very necessary to enhance its coordination efforts. I wish to, therefore, implore all to respond to such information requests and in a timely manner.”

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Read his full remarks below:

 

 

OPENING REMARKS BY BOSS MUSTAPHA,  SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION DELIVERED AT THE FIRST VIRTUAL MEETING OF THE FORUM OF THE SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION (SGF) AND SECRETARIES TO STATE GOVERNMENTS (SSGs) ON STRENGTHENING NATIONAL POVERTY ERADICATION STRATEGY HELD ON FRIDAY, 5TH FEBRUARY, 2021 AT SGF’S CONFERENCE ROOM, SHAGARI COMPLEX, ABUJA.

Protocols

It is with delight that I welcome us all to the first virtual meeting of the Forum of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) with Secretaries to State Governments (SSG). I also wish to congratulate those of us that have been left to continue with the good work we are doing in our various states.

  1. For the new members, I warmly welcome you and look forward to a harmonious working relationship for the benefit of our principals and most importantly the generality of Nigerian people. This platform is to ensure effective interaction between the Federal and State governments to discuss issues of national importance especially cascading and synchronizing the policies, programmes and agenda of the Federal Government to sub-national levels.
  2. As you may be aware, the Forum aims at engendering understanding, sharing of ideas, experiences and streamlining of policies at both Federal and State levels for enhanced National growth and development.
  3. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, you will recall that the last edition of this Forum was held between 1st and 2nd July, 2018 in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State. Subsequent editions could however not hold due to non-finalisation of a host state. The advent of the Global COVID-19 Pandemic created a new normal which foreclosed any large physical gathering but the work of governance must continue.
  4. The theme of this Forum: Strengthening National Poverty Eradication Strategy is a pointer to the importance of dealing with the unacceptable levels of poverty in Nigeria. This situation is not abating in spite of the various efforts of government at all levels. Ineffective coordination between and within various levels of government have been long implicated as a reason for not too visible performance. It is, therefore, necessary to fill gaps, block leakages, remove overlaps and increase collaboration and partnerships between the Federal and State Governments through the office of SSGs so that we have a really National effort at tackling poverty in the country.
  5. As you are aware, a number of such federal and state level interactions exist but because they are sectorally based and do not have the holistic view that your offices can provide, make us lose optimization of our efforts.
  6. At the Federal level, the creation of a Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is our effort to try to harmonise and coordinate all federal level policies, programmes and initiatives that addresses poverty. You would all agree that this would go a long way in synchronizing our collective efforts.
  7. This extra-ordinary meeting was, therefore, convened at the instance of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is to start strengthening our interactions and synergy in our collective efforts to eradicate poverty in the Country.
  8. In our preparation for this meeting, we had requested for the status of poverty eradication programmes in all your states and unfortunately we only received responses from sixteen states. These information, which have been forwarded to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development are very necessary to enhance its coordination efforts. I wish to, therefore, implore all to respond to such information requests and in a timely manner.
  9. I would also like to add that we would be holding our first quarter regular meeting at a date to be determined at the end of this meeting.
  10. On a final note, Ladies and Gentlemen, as we continue with this meeting, I look forward to having a favourable interaction and fruitful deliberations.

12     I thank you all for listening.

 

 

 

BOSS MUSTAPHA

SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENMENT OF THE FEDERATION.

SHEHU SHAGARI COMPLEX,

THREE ARMS ZONE, MAITAMA,

ABUJA.

5th February, 2021.

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