N-power: Payment of Stipends assured again

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Managemnt and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk, has restated her commitment in ensuring that palliative measures reach those who are vulnerable in the society to cushion the effect of COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria.

This was released in a statement signed by the Minister's Media Assistant, Salisu Na'inna Dambatta on Friday after a meeting held by all the agencies of the ministry as chaired by the Minister.
'The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development will adopt a multi-faceted approach which will also focus on the poor and vulnerable, the elderly, refugees, IDPs, persons living with disabilities, trafficked persons, petty traders, among others in its response to COVID-19 in the country,' the Minister noted.
She added that her Ministry has concluded plans for immediate response to those who are vulnerable and urged all concerned agencies to start work immediately.
"Given the current global crisis as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, we must work together and deploy all of our resources in unison to support the national efforts for maximum impact," the Minister emphasised.'
'The National Emergency Management Agency under the Ministry will lead in delivering services and relief to people and most especially the vulnerable groups along with the other agencies, including NAPTIP, the North East Development Commission ( NEDC) SDGs and the four components of the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIPs) namely N-Power, Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) and the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme (NHSFP).'
The Minister explained that the Ministry-led intervention will prioritize prevention and community engagement and increase sensitization to curtail spread of COVID-19 particularly among the person of concern in the implementation of the initiative to drive the overall national strategy adopted by the PTF on Covid-19.

The plan includes release of food items, early payments to beneficiaries of Conditional Cash Transfer, N-Power, grassroot communication of Covid-19 control measures using personnel, equipment, GEEP infrastructure, the provision of protective items such as face masks, sanitisers and soap for hand washing.

The Ministry also directed all its agencies to make available both human and material resources to NEMA and the Presidential Task Force for use in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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