UNICEF wants Nigeria to adopt global approaches for ending child poverty

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By Umar Sa’id, Bauchi

A Social Policy Specialist working with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Bauchi Field Office, Dr. Yusuf Auta has reiterated the need for Nigeria to adopt global best approaches in bringing to an end children poverty in the country.

He stated this recently while speaking at a Media Dialogue on Child Poverty in a two day training workshop organized by UNICEF for Journalists from Bauchi, Adamawa and Gombe States.

He explained that in Slovakia, Child poverty was reduced by improving the living standard of the citizens as promoted by labour market policy, hence the need for Nigeria to adopt similar best global practice

According to him, the Slovakian government implemented a series of policies to address in-work poverty as well as promoting decent work when the country amended its minimum wage Act of 2015.

The Social Policy Specialist who added that Poland’s Social protection reforms also played an important role in the country’s progress, stressed that in 2007, Poland had one of the highest child poverty in the European Union, but was able to contain, as more substantial improvement were recorded from 2016 and beyond.

Auta explained that the success was recorded by Poland following its government’s decision to increase expenditure on cash benefits of households with children, then urged Nigerian to expand its child sensitive social protection, improve access to essential services, ensuring decent work and family-friendly policies to tackle child poverty.

According to him, to address child poverty, Nigeria should also strive to reduce inequalities and poverty risks, build support for child poverty reduction- engagement of the actors, involve the children in poverty debate as well as generate better data.

Also in his presentation, Dr. Ali Madina Dankumo Lecturer with Federal University Kashere, Gombe State, enjoined the Nigerian government to invest more in education, Health, nutrition and other key areas that affect the living standard of children to ensure total elimination of child poverty challenges.