8.3 million Nigerians, according to Dr. Betta Edu, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, are in desperate need of humanitarian aid in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa.
Edu said that this number is among the 16 million Nigerians that are overall impacted by different humanitarian problems, with the three states being particularly hard struck.
This was said by the minister in a statement made on Sunday in Abuja by Rasheed Zubair, her special adviser on media and publicity.
In addition to the North-East, Benue in the North-Central, according to her, has been designated by the UN as the center of Nigeria’s humanitarian crisis.
As of right now, more than 16 million Nigerians are impacted by humanitarian crises caused by either man-made disasters or natural disasters, with more than 8.3 million of them based in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe.Several states in the Midwest; others scattered around the nation.
“The UN claimed that Benue had turned into Nigeria’s capital of humanitarian need, and as a result, much work needs to be done from a humanitarian perspective,” she stated.
One of the goals of the Tinubu government, she said, is to make sure that poverty is reduced in Nigeria in accordance with SDG objective number one.”Our work is to see how we can get those in poverty out and those on the verge of getting into poverty increase to social safety to protect them from falling into poverty,” the president said of his initiative to help lift Nigerians out of poverty. “In a couple of weeks, we will be fully launching into this plans to take out over 136 million Nigerians out of poverty as implementation has started to help cushion the effects of the fuel subsidy removal.”
She said that the government has developed creative strategies for thoroughly ensuring the social register’s correctness and openness.
“By thoroughly verifying the social register, validating it, and then expanding it to include more people, we are introducing innovations to guarantee transparency in Conditional Cash Transfer.
While requesting the President’s assent to start the Conditional Cash Transfer to Nigerians, she added, “We will be collaborating with the World Bank.”
In order to accommodate more individuals, the minister committed to update, restructure, and extend the social safety net program in a transparent manner.
We want to expand Nigerians’ access to social safety net in a transparent manner, therefore we’re adding up the numbers in the same way we used a computerized system to add up COVID-19 instances.We are extremely aware of the enthusiasm and sincere intentions of Mr. President, who wants to make sure that we can help Nigerians escape poverty.
Party politics are past; it’s time to focus on government. President Tinubu is a president for all people, regardless of political affiliation.
She gave Nigerians confidence that the ministry will soon create an accurate and respectable social registration to address the issue of imbalance in the register.
The Ministry will shortly create a more palatable Social Register that has been vetted and confirmed. Those who should be there will be added, and those who no longer fit inside that bracket will be removed.
To find those who qualify for the program, “we will also work with all tiers of government as well as various communities,” she said.