The ministry labor and social affairs of the Somali Federal Government has met senior officers from WFP and UNICEF Somalia program, the main objective of the meeting was to discuss the social development program of the Ministry of Labor and social affairs, since the ministry has a mandate of social affairs. The discussion was touching more on social affairs as well as developmental projects.
The Ministry of labor and social affair were officially opened the meeting by welcoming the participants of the meeting and he also highlighted the importance of the meeting by quoting that this meeting will have a positive impact on the ministry of labor and social affairs. The meeting was attended by the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Hon. Salah Ahmed Jama, senior members from WFP, UNICEF as well as government officials, including the Director of social Affairs Mr. Abdullahi Adan, Human Resource Management Director Mr. Said Adan Mire, Director of Public Relations (PR) Mr. Abdirashid Abdullahi, including Ruby Khan (programmer policy officer WFP Somalia), L. Bukera WFP and Steven Lawerien from the UNICEF and Fardusa Abdullahi social community consulting from MOLSA.
The Minister of Labor and Social Affairs had briefed the members from WFP and UNICEF Somalia by sharing the current situation of the social affairs in Somalia, enduring abuses by all warring parties and dire humanitarian conditions, continue to bear the brunt of the country’s long-running conflict. Government commitments to improve security in areas under its control, and build capacity of the community towards protective environment
Finally the ministry of labor and social affair had stated the role of the MOLSA areas that can be addressed in the collaboration may include Social and community projects including gender and people displaced from their locations that come to Mogadishu and/or others fleeing to other regions of the country. Also knowing the situations of the displaced people and the returnees is a significant factor that need always need to be addressed jointly by the ministry and both UNICEF and WFP that help the vulnerable sections of the society.
L. Bukera from WFP explained the importance to work hand-in-hand so as to enhance collaboration and create room for better relationship in future and discuss the cross-cutting issues that affects both parties he also mentioned that the WFP have been working in Somalia for a long time and we have had a close collaboration with various line ministries that support WFP in Somali especially vulnerable society. Mr. Bukera from WFP clearly stated in a statement to share information regarding different aspects like the drought, conflict affected people and hopefully that we will work well together in 2018, “as he quoted Mr. L. Bukera from WFP.
Mr. Steven Lauwerian from UNICEF mentioned that he is happy to meet the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs accompanied with other staff from MOLSA: Mr. Steven also mentioned that UNICEF works with government like the M.o.W.H.R.D and civil society partners to create an enabling and protective environment for all children and women in Somalia, with a special focus on the most vulnerableThe Government and local institutions are unable to provide children with an adequate protective environment that safeguards their rights. Somali women and children have become increasingly vulnerable to all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation, much of it is practiced in a climate of total impunity. I want to express our interest in having close collaboration with Ministry since appears to be perfect in terms of enhancing hand in hand collaboration between the ministry and UNICEF.
The minister said that WFP and UNICEF’s support projects was indicated the Somali National Development Plan (NDP) but the ministry of Labor and social affairs is fully expected close collaboration between UNICEF and WFP in the near future . meanwhile we look forward to working with you in the field of child protection particularly Child labor issue including Social Affairs in order to save the life of many people in Somalia
Finally, the ministry of labor and social affairs thanked WFP and UNICEF and agreed to work together on the issues that regard the Social affairs in Somalia.