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FG Committed To Lift 90m Nigerians Out Of Poverty – Minister

The Federal Government of Nigeria has reassured its commitment to lift 90 million Nigerians currently living in poverty across the country.

This was made known by the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Ms Sadiya Farouq.

Farouq said this while presenting the 2020 budget, which estimated N44.21 billion for the approval of the House Committee on Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees chaired by Rep. Mohammed Jega on Monday.

The minister said the ministry was tasked with the responsibility to address some of the underlying causes, drivers and consequences of humanitarian crises and underdevelopment.

She said this included the relatively high level of poverty of nearly half (90 million) of the country’s 198 million population live in.

The minister assured that the new ministry would strengthen the coordination of humanitarian and disaster management efforts by stakeholders.

The breakdown of the proposed 2020 budget for National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons included N474,306,285 for personnel, N165 million for resettlement of IDPs in the North East and Bakkasi returnees in the 2020 budget proposal.

Others were N15 million for 1,000 IDPs enrolment into NHIS; N105 million for renovation/rent of 21,000,000 per state; N60 million Back to school fees; N105 million for drilling of borehole; N184 million for securing land for relocation and reintegration of IDPs in FCT, Nasarawa States and N110 million for 2,200 families as return assistance to North East, among others.

In his reaction, the chairman of the committee assured that the budget would impact positively on all Nigerians.

“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,” he said.

He also applauded the resolution of President Muhammadu Buhari for creating the Ministry with a view to address the numerous humanitarian challenges in the country as a result of insurgency, armed conflicts and other forms of conflicts.

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