I need more funds -Sadiya Umah Farouk

The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umah Farouk, has yesterday stated that her Ministry needs more budgetary allocation to enable her deliver the mandate of the Ministry especially the 5 National Social Investment Programs.

Represented by the Ministry's Director on Disaster Management, Dorothy Nwodo, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Abuja, in a celebration to mark one year anniversary as minister, revealed that during the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19, President Mohammadu Buhari ordered that names of one million poor people be added to the national register of poor and vulnerable citizens for empowerment in Nigeria.

The Minister appealed to Nigerians who are complaining to have not recieved Palliatives to remain patient, noting that with time, everything will fall into place.
There are great work to be done. Fund is a challenge. We are looking forward that the Federal Government will increase budgetary allocation for us to be able to do what we have been asked to do. 
Nigerians are complaining because they do not have the information. We are trying our best to give out information. The national social register for those who need assistance especially those people who have been captured and gone through the process before being selected, receive the fund. 
During the lockdown, the President asked us what we can do to help the downtrodden. And he said we should increase the national social register to one million. It does not mean that you are a beneficiary. Because those beneficiary under the already existing register are those sponsored by the World Bank. So, we decided to find a way to capture the President’s directive in registering about 1 million people that are downtrodden. The artisans and we have an office doing it which is the National Safety Network Office.
Mrs Nwodo pointed out that most of the social programmes which they had prior to the establishment of the ministry, has been under the presidency noting that it was too much for the Presidency to handle in addition to other many National affairs.
It was too much for Mr President to do the job as well as look after the social investment programmes, alleviating poverty that is very high in this country. You are aware that only 82 million people are living below the poverty line.
The Officiating Priest, Reverend Father Joseph Obada, while appreciating the efforts of the Government urged government officials to be selfless and sincerely in discharging their duties, to attract God’s blessings.

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