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Poverty Eradication: UNICEF Supports Lagos, Trains LGA Officials on child-centred, gender-sensitive budgeting.

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Lagos – To curb poverty, the Lagos State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget (MEPB) with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has moved to strengthen the capacity of the State’s officials on child-centred, gender-sensitive, and inclusive planning and budgeting.

The aim is to strengthen the capacity of officers to adopt child-centred, gender-sensitive, and inclusive planning and budgeting as a path toward addressing social and economic issues. This aligns with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 1) to “End poverty in all its forms everywhere.”

This is contained in a communique issued on Wednesday in Lagos, following a five-day capacity-building workshop for Heads of Departments (HODs) of Economic Planning and Budget in the States 20 LGAs and 37 LCDAs (57 LGAs/LCDAs) from Monday, March 5 to Friday 8.

The communique which was themed, “Importance of Adopting Medium Term Sector Strategy (MTSS) and Lagos State Development Plan (LSDP) 2052 in LGAs/LCDAs of Lagos State” was signed by Mr. Giwa Olufemi, Chairman, and Mr. Jimoh Nurudeen, Secretary of its Communique Committee.

Speaking, the Permanent Secretary, MEPB, Mr Obajomo Amodu, said that the workshop was designed to enhance the skills of HODs Budgets.

According to him, it is in preparation for Programme-Based Budgeting (PBB) and the application of MTSS to ensure that LGAs align their long-term plans with LSDP 2052.

“Participants are expected to be more intentional in creating and prioritising budget lines specifically for addressing monetary and multidimensional poverty issues affecting vulnerable populations in the MTSS.

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