- The federal government says it is using social programmes to reduce poverty
- This according to the government, will support vulnerable persons in the country
- The minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, disclosed that FG is collaborating with stakeholders to help those hit by the COVID-19 pandemic
The federal government says it has adopted proactive measures to fast track implementation of social investment programmes to support vulnerable persons toward mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk, minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, stated this on Monday, October 5, in Kano at the inauguration of the One UN Basket Fund project.
Represented by Bashir Nura-Alkali, the permanent secretary of the ministry, the minister said that the federal government was placing premiums on such programmes to shore up the economic fortunes of the people.
She said that the government had introduced palliative measures to support vulnerable persons affected by the pandemic and reduce poverty in the country.
The minister added that the federal government was working in collaboration with the UN agencies and other development organisations to stimulate collective response toward assisting families hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Umar-Farouk called for transparency in the implementation of the UN intervention projects to ensure that the targeted population benefited from them.
In a remark, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje attributed the successes recorded in the COVID-19 campaign to the establishment of the five molecular laboratories, community testing and distribution of palliative to 3,000 vulnerable households in the state.
Ganduje said that his administration had initiated viable programmes to reduce poverty and accelerate sustainable social and economic recovery of the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the African Action Congress (AAC) called on the federal government to immediately halt the proposed feeding of school children at home in collaboration with state governments to cushion the impact of coronavirus pandemic.
The party said the initiative was “ill-conceived, irrational, undigested and not properly thought out.”
The AAC berated the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development for proposing the idea, saying there were better and creative ways to manage the concerns and needs of Nigerians amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
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