The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar-Farouq has called for collaboration between the Ministry and State Governments to stamp out poverty in the country.
The minister made the call at a virtual extra-ordinary meeting of the Forum of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Secretaries to State Governments . “To ensure that these activities are well harmonised, it is imperative to intensify consultations to acquire the desired partnerships and coordination to succeed. This reality and indeed the key stake held by the State Governments in this process is the main reason why I requested the SGF to kindly avail us this platform to consolidate our partnerships and cooperation. In her presentation, Hajiya Sadiya emphasized that poverty remains the number one challenge in the country, hence the need to coordinate and synchronize effectively, all programmes aimed at eradicating poverty in Nigeria. “This alarming situation and the strategic need to address it is the primary reason why the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari established the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to provide National Coordination, strategies and policies for intervention. Though many actions were taken to address this in the past, the 2018/2019 Poverty and Inequality data in Nigeria, as released by the National Bureau of Statistics shows that the range of poverty headcount is between a high of 87.3% in Sokoto State to a low of 4.5% in Lagos, with a National average of 40.2% she added The SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha stressed the need for a well-coordinated National, rather than disparate States and Federal programmes aimed at addressing poverty and called on all the Secretaries to the State Governments to ensure effective machinery for state level coordination and Federal level inter phase with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. The theme ‘Strengthening National Poverty Eradication Strategies and Policies’ is targeted at effectively coordinating poverty eradication programs in Nigeria using a single document in all the states of the Federation. Hadiza Abdulrahman