Tuesday, 29 October 2019
OVER 90 MILLION NIGERIANS LIVE IN POVERTY -- FGN
Minister of the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian and Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has said nearly 90 million Nigerians are living in extreme poverty.
The minister, who spoke at a budget defence session of the ministry before the House of Representatives Committee on IDPs, said the Muhammadu Buhari administration had resolved to lift the affected persons out of extreme poverty.
She also said the new ministry was committed to strengthening the coordination of humanitarian and disaster management efforts by multiple stakeholders.
Umar Farouq said the ministry has enormous responsibility to address some of the underlying causes, drivers and consequences of humanitarian crises and underdevelopment.
The minister said this was about half of the country’s 198 million population living in extreme poverty.
A breakdown of the proposed budget for National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons include: N474,306,285 for personnel, N165 million for resettlement of IDPs in the Northeast and Bakkasi returnees, in the 2020 budget proposal.
Others include: N15 million for 1,000 IDPs enrolment into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS); N105 million for renovation/rent of 21,000,000 per state; N60 million
“back-to-school” fees; N105 million for drilling of boreholes; N184 million for securing land for relocation and reintegration of IDPs in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Nasarawa State and N110 million for 2,200 families as return assistance to Northeast, among others.
Chairman of the Committee, Mohammed Jega, promised to justify the confidence Nigerians reposed in the committee.
He assured Nigerians that the budget would impact positively on every Nigerian at individual and collective levels.
“We are, therefore, poised for a collaborative action with the Executive arm of government to ensure that we design a performing budget that will meet the expectations of the teeming populace,” Umar Farouq said.
Jega hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for creating the ministry with the view to addressing the numerous humanitarian challenges confronting the residents as a result of insurgency, armed banditry and other humanitarian challenges.