“President Tinubu Is Committed To Minimizing Humanitarian Crisis And Eliminating Poverty In Nigeria” – Dr. Betta

By: Joshua Adinoyi

The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu has reinstated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s commitment to minimizing Humanitarian Crisis and eliminating Poverty in the Country.

Dr. Betta made the assertion when she embarked on her first Official State Visit to Borno State, where she was received at the Government House by the State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum and other top government functionaries.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu

The Minister commended the Governor for the excellent work he has been doing in Borno State that is bringing peace, development and stability to the people and the region.

She said Borno is the first State she is visiting since her swearing in as Minister to show how important and strategic the State is to achieving results on humanitarian response and ending poverty in Nigeria as well as stabilizing North East in particular and Nigeria at large.

“His Excellency, President Ahmed Bola Tinubu is committed to minimizing humanitarian crisis and eliminating poverty in Nigeria in fulfilment of his Renewed Hope Agenda and the SDG 1 & 2

“It is important that the Ministry renew its partnership with the State and leverage on their successes and experience to find better ways of doing things

The Ministry will not only aim at eliminating poverty but it shall also provide safety nets to prevent Nigerians from going under the poverty line” she stressed.

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The Minister also told the Governor that the Ministry is committed to returning refugees and migrants by 2024, pointing out that structures must be repatriate to reintegrate persons back into the Communities.

Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum (L), Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu (R)
Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum (L), Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu (R)

She informed the Governor that the National Social Register shall be cleaned up and expanded to accommodate more people to meet target.

The Ministry shall establish humanitarian hubs in all Local Government Areas as a deliberate policy of targeting the grassroots, the rural poor that are more in large numbers in Communities and Villages

The Ministry shall also deliberately create job opportunities for youth on a short and long-term basis, give micro-credits, vocational trainings, among others”.

She encouraged the Governor to continue to give leadership and support at the State level to attain the overall objective of eliminating humanitarian crisis, hunger and poverty in the Society.

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Governor Zulum in his response, congratulated the Dr. Betta on her appointment as a Minister and assured her of the commitment of the State towards addressing humanitarian issues and poverty.

He stated that the State has three priorities pillar for collaboration, which includes

i. POVERTY: There is a nexus between poverty and insecurity. So once poverty is addressed, insecurity becomes addressed.

ii. IDPs: It’s not sustainable to keep displaced persons in camps. Other issues with IDP camps are population growth and gender-based violence. So, the State Government houses displaced persons for only a short time as transit facilities while they try to provide durable solutions from humanitarian to sustainable solutions. They create SME opportunities for displaced persons.

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iii. REFUGEES: He said that there are over 200,000 refugees in Niger, 60,000 in Cameroon, and 24,000 in Chad. So, the state must work with the ministry to bring these refugees back home. They need houses, money, and jobs.

The Governor informed the Minister of the existence of the Presidential Committee, which is to return and reintegrate the refugees.

The Vice President is the Chair and the work of the Committee has gone far. The Ministry has a very huge role to play in that Committee

“On the Humanitarian development Partners, we must understand that their role is to complement what Government does and not to take the lead in responsibilities of Government

“Also, the priorities of Government must be their priorities too. So, they must key into government priorities. On the National Social Register, States should have the opportunity to owning the register because the poverty index is continuously changing” he added.

Highlight of the visit was the Presentation of a Souvenir to the Minister.

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