The Lagos State Civil Society Participation for Development (LACSOP) has launched the Citizens-Led Accountability Mechanism (CLAIM) project with the aim of promoting inclusive and citizens-focused social protection systems in Lagos State.
The project was launched with a capacity-building workshop for Civil Society Organizations on the building of an inclusive citizens-led engagement and accountability system for social protection in Lagos.
While speaking at the workshop, Barr Ayo Adebusoye, Member, LACSOP Board of Trustees explained that the training is focused on building the capacity of CSOs to meaningfully engage with state actors to ensure that social protection programmes are implemented from the inclusive lens.
Adebusoye who noted that the state owes the citizens certain obligations, specifically to make citizens exit the poverty net, shared the different social protection programmes that are currently in existence in Lagos State.
He charged citizens on the need “to give feedback to duty bearers because they cannot be everywhere and without the feedback, Social Protection would not work.”
While responding to concerns of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) regarding the social protection programmes in the state, Mr. Akintunde Oguntoye, the Director, Monitoring, Evaluation & Mobilization, Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs LASODA, assured PWDs that their concerns and grievances would be addressed shortly.
Oguntoye said, “I want to assure that very soon, we will put smiles on the faces of PWDs in the state. The workload is much but we’re doing our bits.”
The 4-day workshop for CSOs was organized in collaboration with LEAP Africa, Social and Economic Rights Accountability Project (SERAP), Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and Women Liberation and Transformation Group (W-LIT) and funded by the European Union Agents for Citizens-Driven Transformation.