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UNICEF hails Akeredolu for signing social protection bill into law

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday in Akure hailed the Ondo State Government for signing the Social Protection Appropriation Bill into law, which will protect women and children.

Dr Niyi Olaleye, Officer in Charge of UNICEF, Akure, told newsmen shortly after the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu signed the bill into law on Tuesday, that it was the first of its kind in the country.

Olaleye said the bill was about the welfare of the vulnerable in the society, particularly the women and children.

He noted that the Federal Executive Council had a policy on it in 2017, saying, “Ondo State is the first to pass the bill into law at the sub national level.”

Olaleye noted that it was well in line with the mandate of UNICEF to assist government to protect children and appreciated the state government for passing and signing the bill into law.

“The bill is about welfare of the most vulnerable in the society, this is well in line with our mandate, we have been working with them for the past one and half years on the bill.

“It is a milestone for women and children of Ondo State, as it makes the state to provide for them. Ondo State is the first state in the country to pass the bill into law.”

Earlier in the day, Akeredolu had signed the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N181.42 billion, Contributory Health Protection Bill and the Social Protection bill into law.

Akeredolu said the bill was the primary reason the people of the state voted him into power.

“The bill is about the welfare of the citizens, there shall be a council in charge of the bill,” the governor said.