It is no longer news how Nigeria is been filled with poverty and over 70% of the Nigerian population are poor and absolutely living in poverty. This is as a result of many factors such as poor economic, social, educational and political policies. Parts of these poor policies have to do with lack of industries resulting to massive unemployment, poor infrastructural and social amenities, faulty educational system, lack of social welfare policies, high cost of maintaining governance, inequitable income and resources distribution coupled with poor security of lives and property.
This has however been acknowledge by Mrs Sadiya Umar Farouq, who is the Minister of Humanitarian and Disaster Management and Social Development. She acknowledge this scenario when she said, ”Nearly 90 million Nigerians are living with extreme poverty.”
She said this at a budget defense session before the House of Representatives committee on IDPs, she went further to say that the Buhari government was committed to lifting the 90 million Nigerians in extreme poverty across the country.
She also said the new ministry was committed to strengthening coordination of humanitarian and disaster management efforts by multiple stakeholders, adding that the Ministry has enormous responsibility to address some of the underlying causes, drivers and consequences of humanitarian crises and underdevelopment including: relatively high poverty of nearly half (90 million) of the country’s 198 million population live in extreme poverty.
Breaking down her Ministry’s budget 2020 proposal, the nation newspaper reported that the ministry proposed budget for National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons include:
N474,306,285 for personnel,
N165 million for resettlement of IDPs in the North East and Bakkasi returnees in the 2020 budget proposal.
N15 million for 1,000 IDPs enrolment into NHIS;
N105 million for renovation/rent of 21,000,000 per state;
N60 million Back to school fees;
N105 million for drilling of borehole;
N184 million for securing land for relocation and reintegration of IDPs in FCT, Nasarawa States and
N110 million for 2,200 families as return assistance to North East, among others.
The Nation further reported that,
Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Mohammed Jega promised to justify the confidence reposed in the Committee by Nigerians, assured that the budget will impact positively on every Nigerian both individually and collectively.
“We are therefore poised for a collaborative action with the Executive arm of government to ensure that we design a performing budget that will meet the expectations of the teeming populace,” he stated.
Jega also applauded the resolution of President Muhammadu Buhari for creating the Ministry with the view to address the numerous humanitarian challenges confronting the citizenry as a result of insurgency, arm bandits and other humanitarian challenges affecting the country.