Sadiya Umar Farouq bags Africa’s Leading Woman in Humanitarian Service Award


The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has been conferred with Africa’s leading Woman in Humanitarian Service and Social Development Award.

The award and decoration was presented by Foreign Investment Network FIN, an African Business Investment Forum following a nomination by an INGO Third Sector Resource, based in United Kingdom, “in recognition of her outstanding services to the cause of Internally Displaced and Vulnerable Persons and her immense contribution to the growth of humanity”.

Presenting the award, the Chairman of FIN Mrs Olayinka Fayomi eulogized the Minister for her sacrifices and humanitarian efforts in Nigeria.

“Hon Sadiya Umar Farouq faces daily daunting challenges with grit and determination and continues to selflessly serve people in distress and ordinary citizens in Nigeria. People’s lives, especially the less privileged are being shaped to make for a better society through her laudable initiative and interventions.
“This High civil award seeks to recognize people who have made meritorious contributions to their country’s national interests and the investiture takes place on the margins of the UN General Assembly meetings in New York”.

Receiving the award, Umar Farouq thanked the organizers for the recognition given to her.

“I am thankful for this award and grateful that you deemed me worthy of recognition for my contributions to humanitarian work in Nigeria.

“This spurs me to do more for Persons of Concern and the vulnerable in the society. My wish is that more hands will be on deck to assist the Federal Government of Nigeria in reducing abject poverty in Nigeria.
“I dedicate this award to my team and other stakeholders who have worked assiduously to strengthen resilience, improve humanitarian support and provide durable and long-lasting solutions for sustained, equitable and consistent development”.



Over 6,500 beneficiaries will receive federal government’s Cash Grant for Vulnerable Groups in Katsina state.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq made this known at the flag off of 7 projects in Katsina state and other poverty eradication programmes of the ministry held in Katsina on Thursday.

Minister Umar Farouq said that Katsina ranked amongst one of the highest with 6511 beneficiaries due to the insurgency in the region.

“Our Grant for Vulnerable Groups target in Katsina State is to disburse grants to a total of 6,511 beneficiaries across the 34 Local Government Areas of the State, worth over N130 million. This is one of the highest slots in the country and is majorly because we took into account the impact of the insurgency, banditry and large volume of IDPs in the state.

“While the target of this Cash Grant project is to increase income and productive assets of the target beneficiaries, it is highly expected that the beneficiaries will utilise the grant to improve their productivity, create wealth, generate employment and improve their standard of living”.

The Minister also launched the Digitized Conditional Cash Transfer payment system for prompt payment of Cash Transfer to families as about two million HouseHolds are currently benefitting from the CCT programme Nationwide. All households are granted a monthly N5,000 for a period of 2 years.

The Minister also distributed Cooking utensils to primary schools in the state as the National Home Grown School Feeding flagged off the National Sensitization Exercise for the School Feeding Programme.
Engagement letters and digital monitoring devices were distributed to 93 Independent Monitors on stream II by the Minister, to enhance their monitoring and reporting responsibilities.

Under the Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operations (YESSO),
the Minister flagged -off payment of a one-off grant of N50,000 to 600 selected Internally Displaced Persons
which will also include persons with disabilities and senior citizens.

Food and non-food items were also presented to flood victims in the affected thirteen (13) Local Government Area councils in the state.

All poverty alleviation programmes are targeted towards the social inclusion agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.
Earlier, the Minister had paid homage to the Emir of Daura His Royal Majesty, Alhaji Faruk Umar Faruk.
The Emir lavished praises on the Minister for her humanitarian activities in Nigeria and prayed for God’s protection and strength to help her to achieve the ministry’s mandate.


​The Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq on behalf of the management and entire staff of the Ministry wishes to humbly use this medium to convey profound gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR for taking time out of his very busy schedule to commemorate with Humanitarian Actors who have laid their lives on the line to save others affected by insurgency, hunger and other humanitarian challenges during the World Humanitarian Day held in Maiduguri on 18th August, 2022.
Mr. President your presence with us on that August occasion in August, is yet another clear demonstration of the passion and commitment you have towards alleviating the suffering of millions of lives especially those of the poorest of the poor, the teeming youths, Persons with Disabilities and other vulnerable persons.
Thank you Mr. President.

Sadiya Umar Farouq
Honourable Minster, FMHADMSD



Borno state ranks among the highest number of beneficiaries of the Cash Grant for Vulnerable Groups.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq made this known at the flag-off of the Cash Grant for Vulnerable Groups programme in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

Umar Farouq said that a total of 5,264 beneficiaries from across the 27 local government Councils of Borno state will receive the one-off cash grant of N20,000.

In her address delivered at the International Conference Centre, State Secretariat Maiduguri, the minister explained that Borno state ranks among the highest number of beneficiaries due to the impact of insurgency in the region.

“Our target in Borno State is to disburse the grant to 5,264 beneficiaries across the 27 Local Government Areas of the State. This is one of the highest slots in the country and this is because we put into account, the impact of insurgency and the large number of Internally Displaced Persons in the state.
“President Muhammadu Buhari, through his deliberate social inclusion agenda has directed that 70% of these beneficiaries must be women, while the remaining 30% is for the youths. He also directed that, at least 15% of the total number of beneficiaries must be allocated to citizens with special needs, including Persons With Disability (PWDs) and Senior Citizens in the State. It is on this note that we encourage the Borno State government to note and emulate this gesture and extend similar interventions to amplify social inclusion through its policies, programmes and projects”.

According to Umar Farouq, the target of the Cash Grant project is to increase income and productive assets of the target beneficiaries.

“It is highly expected that the beneficiaries will use the grant to improve their productivity, create wealth, generate employment and improve their living standard”.

Commending the Social Investment Programmes of the Federal government, the Executive Governor of Borno state, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum expressed his gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his concern for humanitarian issues in the state.
The Governor, who was represented by the Chief of Staff Prof. Isah Husseini Marte testified to the impact made on numerous beneficiaries by the various Social investment programmes.

“I hope that the ministry continues with these interventions as it has positively affected the lives of so many children, youths and women in Borno state. We acknowledge the far reaching benefits of these interventions to our vulnerable women and the reduction of unemployment among youths in the state”.

The minister later flagged off the Digitized Payment System for the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Programme to improve payment, transparency, accountability and enable generation of reliable payment data and records.
Benefitting households under this programme will be paid N5,000 monthly for 2 years. In addition, 1500 Internally Displaced persons will also receive a token of N50,000, including Persons with disabilities and senior citizens.
The Minister also distributed starter packs to 168 beneficiaries of the N-Skills scheme to enable them to consolidate on their technical and entrepreneurial skills. Each will also receive a stipend of N10,000 monthly
during the period of training and attachment.
In a related programme, Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq onboarded 107 Independent Monitors in Maiduguri and presented engagement letters and monitoring devices to some of the monitors. Each will receive N30,000 monthly for one year..

Meanwhile, the National Sensitization Exercise for the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) was also flagged off on Wednesday in Borno state. The awareness programme seeks to educate communities and stakeholders on more effective ways of implementing the School Feeding Programme.

The inclusion of 5 million children approved by President Muhammadu Buhari added to an already existing 9.9 million children currently being fed nationwide, necessitated the sensitization on the implementation of the value chain.
In attendance were the Heads of the Ministry’s Agencies, Directors of the Ministry, women leaders and the state Focal Person.


Social protection is a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach that contributes to poverty reduction and articulating policy priorities of government towards sustainable development. This is one of the core priorities of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. The ministry seeks to intervene in the lives of poor and vulnerable Nigerians through implementing sustainable programmes that will help curtail poverty and address the challenge of unemployment in Nigeria while Providing social and financial risk protection for poor and vulnerable populations.
TraderMoni is one of the Ministry’s Empowerment Programmes under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programmme (GEEP), an Initiative created to boost the Nigerian economy by providing finance to those at the base of the economic pyramid in Nigeria.
TraderMoni is designed to help petty traders expand their trade through the provision of interest and collateral free loans of N50,000.
 Trader Moni is one of the three flagship programmmes under under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programmme (GEEP) since inception GEEP has empowered over 2.3 million petty traders with interest-free loans to grow their businesses, making it one of the largest public microcredit programs globally, as well as the Most Impactful Micro-Credit Program in Africa as recognized by the African Bankers’ Awards in 2019 held in Equatorial Guinea.
Abdullahi Muhammad in Unguwa Uku, Tarauni local government area of Kano State is one of the beneficiaries of trader moni. Abdullahi is into the business of Provision store in Tarauni Market, a popular market in Kano State. He noted that his business was almost running out of time because he didn’t have much capital to expand it and buy products from wholesale merchants, instead he uses his small capital to buy from retailers and add his profit which makes it outrageously expensive for people to patronize him. He maintained that when he heard about the programme, he rushed to apply for the interest free loan, “it was easy and fast” he said. Abdullahi was able to access the trader moni loan and used it to expand his business which is today aiding him to buy products from wholesalers. “This initiative of President Muhammadu Buhari has not only saved my business but my family as well.

Enumeration Of Beneficiaries For GEEP 2.0 Begins May 12


Enumeration of Beneficiaries of the recently restructured Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme Initiative GEEP 2.0 begins May 12.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq made this known at the opening of a three-day Advance Training on Digitization and Registration for Programme Managers & Master Trainers of the Social Investment Programme.
The Minister who was represented by the National Cordinator NSIP, Dr Umar Bindir said that the aim of the training programme is to introduce digitization with modern software and working tools to the Programme Managers and Master Trainers.
Umar Farouq explained that GEEP has been restructured for digital compliance to enable trainers to align with the latest trends
in modern technology. This she said is to fulfill President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire to lift 100 million persons out of poverty.
“Poverty is an issue for our country and unfortunately, it is very high. We are on the GEEP level. We have Focal Persons of all the states and the National Orientation Agency also represented here. We want to have the first crack at trying to register and document all the beneficiaries in a seamless but transparent process. We must now learn that this pool of poor Nigerians need to be properly identified and documented”.
The minister reiterated that repayment of the interest free loan at the expiration of its tenure is a function of efficiency and success.
The Team Lead of GEEP, Zainab Musawa who presented an overview of the Advance Training on Digitization and Registration for Programme Managers and Master Trainers stated that the training will provide a comprehensive framework for the enhancement of the beneficiaries’ registration processes and implementation of digital transformation of the programme delivery throughout the GEEP 2.0 lifespan.
“While significant progress has been made regarding implementation, the Ministry has been stringent in enhancing a programme design to have a better delivery to the communities in need. The Ministry has been cognizant of the importance of digital processes for effective delivery results and as such, is proud to announce the digitization of the GEEP 2.0 processes and enhanced registration policies in efforts towards mandate achievement”.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr Nasir Sani- Gwarzo who was represented by the Director of Finance of the Ministry Mr Matthew Dada welcomed the participants to the training and urged them to take advantage of the opportunity to improve on their digital skills.
The Director General, National Orientation Agency, Nigeria. Dr. Garba Abari in his remark also lauded existing partnerships with the Ministry and urged participants to make inputs that will add more value to the programme.
The theme of the three-day training session is “rethinking and redesigning processes in the age of technology for better delivery.
Disbursement of loans is expected to commence immediately after enumeration.




The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has sympathized with the Lagos state government and families of victims who lost their lives in a building which collapsed on Sunday night on Ibadan Street, Ebute Metta, Lagos State.


Reports say the collapsed 3-storey building had been marked for demolition after it showed distress signs but the occupants remained in the structure.


The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA who are currently involved in an ongoing joint rescue operation with the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and the Police have since evacuated the 23 survivors while 8 persons reportedly died in the collapsed building.

The emergency response operatives are continuing the search and rescue operation to rescue other tenants trapped in the building.

Umar Farouq decried the spate of unavoidable disasters in the country and called on concerned authorities to work assiduously towards risk and disaster reduction.


“This is a sad Eid El Fitr celebration with the collapse of a three-storey building in Lagos. I commiserate with the government and people of Lagos state over this tragedy. My prayers go to the families of those who have lost their lives in this collapsed building and rescued victims who were injured in the incident.


“As soon as the news of the building collapse on Ibadan Street, Ebute Metta Lagos broke, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) was activated to respond along with other relevant disaster risk first responders. Unfortunately, many people were trapped in the building and many lives were lost.


“It is also important that those in charge of ensuring the construction of standard buildings in the country ensure that the highest standards are met to avoid these tragedies”.




The ₦20,000 rural cash grant initiative was introduced by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in 2020 as part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s social inclusion and poverty alleviation agenda. The programme targeted 150,000 rural and peri-urban women in all 774 local government areas of the 36 states and the FCT. It is a community-based initiative.


The goal is to see to increased income, enhanced food security, more productivity and financial inclusion.


The programme was launched in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria as a way of encouraging women in the state who were in one way or the other affected by the insurgency in the region. The aim is to see every beneficiary in Borno state independent and live a sustainable life, especially those who lost their husbands to insurgency.


The rural women grant was also designed to support gender equality, address poverty amongst women and also reduce the menace of unemployment in the society by ensuring that all beneficiaries put the grant awarded to them to good use.


In the North western part of Nigeria where more than 28,000 women were awarded the grant, most of the beneficiaries, if not all, have started one business or the other and are already succeeding in entrepreneurship.


The rural women grant of the Ministry seems to be the trendiest grant awarded to women in the history of the country.

The grant was awarded to women who truly deserve it; women finding it difficult to survive on less than a Dollar per day. The       grant was given to women who do not have anybody to cater for their needs, especially widows whose husbands died, leaving them to cater for so many children.


The cash grant has so far aided a lot of women in North West Nigeria in upgrading their business. This was possible through putting the money awarded to them to right channel of businesses that suite their environment.


People wonder how ₦20,000 that can be spent in less than an hour will be able to aid someone start a business, the truth is the grant was awarded to people who truly need it; people who will help the country in addressing the challenges of unemployment and poverty. Hadiza Ibrahim for example who is a beneficiary from Nasarawa local government area of Kano State is into cheese making business, she used her grant to upgrade the number of cheeses she’s making a day, which is now earning her more profit.

Umar Farouq Sympathizes With Explosion victims, Condemns illegal oil bunkering


The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has decried the latest explosions which occurred in Lagos and Imo states in less than one week and has described the incidences as incessant, disastrous but avoidable.
The Minister sympathized with the government and people of Imo, Lagos and Ogun states following a deadly explosion which occurred at an illegal oil refining site on Friday night which killed scores of people at Abaezi forest in the Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.
Earlier on Thursday, a tanker ladden with 45,000 litres of PMS crashed and spilled its content across Lagos and Ogun State along Lagos – Ibadan Expressway. The death of a male adult was however reported.
Umar Farouq advised that caution should be applied while plying the roads with inflammable substances while declaring the illegal bunkering of petrol in certain areas as a suicidal.
“The incessant occurrence of explosions in Lagos and Imo states are unfortunate but avoidable. The consequences of such dastard acts that led to the death of many people cannot not be over-emphasized.
“ Illegal bunkering of petroleum products is a punishable offense under the law, therefore, the culprits should be brought to book to face the full wrath of the law.
“I sincerely sympathize with the families of the victims and pray for the repose of the souls of the dead.
“I also appeal to the people especially the youths to desist from illegal bunkering of petroleum products in the area”.
Meanwhile, rescue operations have commenced removal of several bodies burnt beyond recognition at the scene of the explosion in Imo state. Six vehicles were also razed during the incident.



The National Home Grown School Feeding Programme is yet another master piece and one of the most alluring programmes of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and of course one of the major achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The Programme covers 35 states in Nigeria and the FCT with Bayelsa state getting onboard soon and approximately 9.8 million students in 53,000 public primary schools nationwide, benefitting from the programme annually.
Since 2019 after the establishment of the ministry, the programme outshined every other School feeding programme in Africa by becoming the largest on the continent.
The programme has earned accolades for the country and ofcourse the President Muhammadu Buhari administration being the first school feeding programme initiative of the country since 1999. Who would have thought that there will be a day in Nigeria when Federal government will be feeding pupils in public schools? Let me not forget that the meals served to the students is nutritious and programmed to fight malnutrition.
I met a lot of parents back then in 2010 and cautioned them on the negative effects and disadvantages of not enrolling their children in schools. However, my advocacy failed, especially as it applies to girl child education mostly. Their excuse was always not having the resources to enroll their children in schools.
They will rather marry off the girls at a very young age and send the boys out on streets to hawk satchet water.
However in 2019, i was assigned on another advocacy to the same locations I went to in 2010 and to my surprise, the school enrollment of each increased by 90%, I thought I was the one that was not doing enough until I met an elderly woman who had five grandchildren all above the ages of 10.
I asked her if their whereabouts and she held my hands and said to me “my son, we have always believed in education but we never had the means of enrolling our children, God has answered our prayers. The government is now feeding our children and it is also saving us money”.
I then realized that the problem had never been educating them because Nigeria has for long, been on free education but the problem rather was strategy used to lure them to benefit from the free education.
The National Home Grown School Feeding programme has not only increased child enrollment in schools. It has made studying easier and fun, fought hunger and malnutrition and also addressed the issue of unemployment by providing more than 107,000 people who serve as cooks with sustainable jobs. When unemployment is addressed, the rate of poverty is also being addressed. In Kano State alone, the number of school enrollment increased from 1.2 million to 2.1 million after the introduction of the programme by Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in the State.
In 2010, the rate of School enrollment in Nigeria was 41.83% but in 2021, the gross enrollment rate in elementary schools in Nigeria stood at 68.3%.  It made me say that our advocacy failed but Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development won the hearts of our children with an initiative from a generous woman like Sadiya Umar Farouq- a hot nutritious meal every school day.