…says Winning the War Against Poverty Will Reduce Insecurity By 50% In Nigeria
Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu has solicited the Nigerian Airforce’s assistance in the delivery of humanitarian relief materials and palliatives across the Country, especially to the hard-to-reach areas.
The Minister made the request when she paid a courtesy visit to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Hassan Abubakar at the Airforce Headquarters in Abuja.
She also seek assistance to deliver humanitarian workers, relief materials to hard to reach areas as well as evacuation of Nigerians from areas under threat both within and outside Nigeria and appreciated the Air Force for their recent support in evacuating students from Sudan.
“Poverty is an enabler of insecurity which led to Humanitarian crises. When we win the war against poverty we would have won the war against insecurity by over 50%; please, fly us to those hard-to-reach Areas
“I am sure you are quite aware that we have a good number of persons who are either internally displaced or refugees but are in need of humanitarian assistance, and some of whom are in areas where it’s difficult to access them through road due to insecurity. We will be seeking your support to see that we can get through to them to deliver humanitarian services, including palliatives
“We are counting on you for support in terms of intelligence, in terms of security and we are counting on you for support within your mandate to see that our job is made easier, better and ensure success is achieved” she said.
The Minister pledged to capture families of deceased Servicemen in the Poverty Alleviation Scheme of her Ministry and requested for deployment of Airforce personnel to the Ministry as desk Officers for proper liaison.
She stressed that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is committed to ensuring humanitarian crisis and the number of persons who are affected by the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria are reduced to the barest minimum.
Earlier, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Hassan Abubakar, pledged to foster cooperation and partnership between the Nigerian Air Force and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in addressing critical humanitarian challenges facing the Country.
“Your presence here underscores our shared commitment to the well-being of our fellow citizens during their most trying times. The challenges that confront us in the humanitarian sphere are multifaceted
“Nigeria faces crisis triggered by conflicts, natural disasters and displacement, each presenting unique complexities
“Responding to these crisis effectively requires a coordinated and unified approach, pooling the resources and expertise of various agencies and departments, and that is precisely what we both represent in our various rights. We will do better and we will give all the support you need” Air Marshal Hassan assured the Minister.
Hon. Bill Francis Bill
Snr. Chief Advocate to the Minister.
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