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Social security, panacea to crime, poverty – Gowon

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
A former Nigerian head of state, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), Thursday tasked the President Umaru Yar’Adua-led administration to implement the draft national social security policy.

This, Gowon argued, would help towards mitigating the high level of crime and poverty that has bedevilled the country for the past 49 years.

Gowon stated this in Abuja, yesterday, while submitting the finished draft of the policy to the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Prince Adetokumbo Kayode (SAN).

He underscored unemployment, absence of basic infrastructure, mal-administration by successive governments and the inability of a majority to afford basic necessities of life, as reasons behind the dwindling moral values in the country.

These, he maintained, would be drastically reduced if the social security policy was implemented.

While receiving the finished draft in Abuja yesterday, the Minister of Labour commended the efforts of the national working committee on social security, which was chaired by the former head of state, for completing the task assigned to them by President Yar’Adua in good time.

He reiterated the commitment of this administration to implement the policy as a part fulfilment of its promise to better security and welfare condition in the country through the seven-point agenda.

He,however, decried the scepticism with which people always view government initiatives and called for more synergy between the government and the citizenry towards effective implementation of the draft national social security policy, which he said was second in importance to the constitution.

President Yar’Adua had last April 16, inaugurated the committee which was tasked to fashion out a road map for the effective implementation of a social security policy.


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