Zamfara Attacks: Over 10,000 homeless, scores still missing, says Minister

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiyya Umar-Farouq says over 10, 000 people have been rendered homeless while scores are still missing in fresh attacks on Zamfara communities where bandits killed over 200 citizens. Mrs. Umar-Farouq said homes were razed after over 500 bandits arrived in the villages on motorcycles. According to an issued statement by her media aide, Nneka Anibeze, “More than 500 bandits on motorcycles reportedly attacked five villages and razed their homes after killing over 200 people”. Condemning the killings in Anka and…

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FG spends N500b yearly on poor, vulnerable Nigerians – Minister

…’Despite measures, 90m still in abject poverty’ – CSOs The Federal Government has injected over $1 billion (about N500 bn) into the National Social Investment Programme, (NSIP) yearly geared towards positive change in the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable in the country. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiyya Umar Farouq, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, while flagging off a programme aimed at training 1,850 youths from across the country on Point-of-Sale (POS) business. According to the minister, the training will enable the beneficiaries…

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“FG Intervention funds: SERAP sues FG, Sadiyya Farouk

…Seeks details of ‘payment of N729bn to poor Nigerians‘ The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP), has filed another lawsuit against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the Federal High Court, in Lagos The agency asked the court “to compel the Federal Government to disclose details of proposed payments of N729bn to 24.3 million poor Nigerians, including the mechanisms and logistics for the payments, list of beneficiaries, and how they have been selected, and whether the payments will be made in cash or through Bank Verification Numbers or other means.”…

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FG Intervention: “We’ve shared N9.5bn to vulnerable Nigerians in Katsina” – Minister

The Federal Government says it has so far disbursed N9.5 billion as conditional grant to 142,000 poor and vulnerable households in Katsina State. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiyya Umar-Farouk, disclosed this while distributing palm-top computers to 108 independent monitors of the social investment programme in Katsina yesterday. Umar-Farouk said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the expansion of the Social Register to accommodate more poor and vulnerable Nigerians in the conditional cash transfer scheme. The minister, represented by Director, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Aminu Tukur,…

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“We’ll feed 5m additional school pupils” – Sadiyya Farouq

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiyya Umar Farouq, has said that the Federal Government will enrol an additional 5 million pupils into its National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, (NHGSFP), by 2023. The expected new intakes are to add to the existing over 9 million pupils, who are already benefiting from the programme. The Special Assistant to the Minister on Corporate Communications, Mrs. Halima Oyelade, said yesterday, that the Minister disclosed this during a stakeholders’ meeting for the enumeration of beneficiaries and scaling-up of the…

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FG announces Batch-C of its N-power programme

The Federal Government has announced that a total of 550,000 applicants have been shortlisted for the Batch-C of its N-Power intervention programme. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiyya Umar Farouq, made this known at a news briefing in Abuja. The minister stated that the 550,000 short-listed applicants were selected through the National Social Investment Management System, (NASIMS) and have been contacted through their e-mail addresses after which they can enroll their bio-metric data which would lead them to the final selection. The Minister also announced…

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“We’ve paid all N-Power beneficiaries”, Says FG

The Federal Government, yesterday, said all outstanding payments of the N-Power beneficiaries have been made. About 14,000 beneficiaries of the Batches A and B who were exited last year were not paid their five month’s allowances. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster management and Social development, Sadiyya Farouq, last year directed those affected to report to their various State’s Focal Persons for verification and re-validation.The directive was given by the Minister as part of efforts to resolve unpaid stipends withheld due to discrepancies in records of the beneficiaries. The Minister…

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FG begins selection of N-Power Batch-C applicants

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiyya Farouq, yesterday announced the commencement of the selection process for the N-Power Batch-C applicants.  Farouq said: “The N-Power Batch C as launched today is structured to onboard one million new beneficiaries, beginning with an initial 500,000 beneficiaries in the first stream, and a subsequent 500,000 in a second stream, all aligned to the National policy drive of lifting 100 million people out of abject poverty in 10 years.  The minister further said the ministry has launched a portal, National…

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‘Nigeria has the most out-of-school children in the world’ – Minister

The Minister of humanitarian affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiyya Farouq, has said that Nigeria tops the list of out-of-school children in the world. She said the alarming figure informed the decision of the Federal Government to set up a committee that would develop plans to address the challenges. Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the National Steering Committee on Alternate School Programme, (ASP), in Abuja on Monday, Farouq, who is the co-chairperson of the committee explained that the committee would come up with plans that would help reduce the number…

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‘Boko Haram, bandits displaced more than two million in Nigeria’ – Minister

Says FG approves expansion of social investment programme in 2021 The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiyya Farouq, yesterday said the Boko Haram insurgents, bandits, and other criminal elements had displaced more than two million people in Nigeria. The minister disclosed this to State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Farouq said she was in the State House to thank the President for its support to persons with disabilities in the country. She said the president had…

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