Poverty biting 90 million Nigerians as FG gives fresh figure

Poverty biting 90 million Nigerians as FG gives fresh figure

- The federal government says over 90 million Nigerians live in poverty

- The government, through its minister, Sadiya Farouq, insists it will eradicate poverty in the country

- Farouq says part of the efforts by the government is embedded in the 2020 budget estimates of N44.21 billion of her ministry awaiting approval by lawmakers

The federal government, on Monday, October 28, disclosed that 90 million Nigerians are currently living in poverty just as it also said it is working to end the challenge in the country.

Legit.ng learnt that the minister for humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Farouq, stated this when she presented the 2020 budget estimates of N44.21 billion for the approval of the House committee on internally displaced persons and refugees of the lower chamber of the National Assembly.

The committee is chaired by Hon Mohammed Jega.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Farouq explained that the ministry had the task of bringing citizens out of the high level of poverty plaguing Nigeria.

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The report gives the breakdown of the budget as N474,306,285 for personnel, N165 million for resettlement of IDPs in the north east and Bakkasi returnees in the 2020 budget proposal.

A part of the breakdown also shows that N15 million is for 1,000 IDPs enrollment 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.

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Hon Mohammed Jega assured that the budget will have a positively impact on all Nigerians.

He said: “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."

Legit.ng earlier reported how the ninth Senate on Friday, October 25, sent Farouq away from defending the 2020 budget for the ministry.

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The chairman of the committee on poverty alleviation, Senator Lawan Yahaya, had reportedly said Farouq was denied the opportunity to defend the ministry's budget because of her failure to provide copies of the 2019 budget to the Senate.

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