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.
FORUM ON DEVELOPMENT AND RECOVERY OF LAKE CHAD MAPS OUT STRATEGIES FOR STABILITY IN THE REGION
A two-day Forum on the Development and Recovery of the Lake Chad Basin Region has ended in Abuja with a call for all hands to be on deck to rebuild communities and populations around the Lake Chad Region affected by insurgency and other humanitarian crises.
The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo assured in his keynote note address at the opening of the ‘Inaugural Forum on the Development of Lake Chad Basin’ on Monday at the International Conference Centre Abuja, that the Federal government will be an active participant in policies that will beef up the rebuilding of the region.
Prof. Osinbajo who thanked the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq, the North East Development Commission, the Lake Chad Basin Commission and other stakeholders for their commitment and contributions to the recovery of the Lake Chad Region, advised that results and recommendations of the Forum should be transmitted to the various governments to guide in policy making and strategic positions that will be taken on issues relating to the development of the region.
“I want to assure all our partners of government’s commitment to working with you for a sustainable, peaceful and boisterous region. I also want to assure you of our unwavering determination to address the crisis and rebuild the livelihoods of people who have been affected by the humanitarian crisis in the region. I am confident of the same level of willingness of the governments of Cameroon, Chad and Niger which in evidence, is displayed here,
“The Federal government of Nigeria will be an active participant in striving to improve the lives of our brothers and sisters across the four countries”, the Vice President said.
Earlier, the Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq noted that an estimated 23 million civilians affected by the Boko Haram insurgency were straddled across the four countries bordering the Lake Chad Basin in the last ten years.
The Minister who was represented by the outgone Permanent Secretary Mr Bashir Nura Alkali stated that the objective of the inaugural forum is to capitalise on the gains and successes of the military operations of the Nigerian Armed forces, the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) as well as militaries of all LCB countries.
“To avoid another humanitarian disaster, our intention is to develop strategic and operational solutions that address the challenges of climate change and conflict, support economic recovery, repair the social contract and address the needs of women, youth and the most vulnerable in the Lake Chad region.
“This forum comes at an equally important time as we plan to extend beyond being a coordination platform, pursue the ambition of concrete joint advocacy actions, contribute to the orderly and humane management of reintegration systems and assist in the search for practical solutions within the Lake Chad Basin”.
On day 2 of the Forum, there were technical workshops on ‘Solutions for climate resilience in the Lake Chad Region’, ‘Supporting Local Governance in the Lake Chad Region’ and ‘Engaging Citizens, Women and Youths and Building Social Cohesion in the Lake Chad Region.
The Forum was attended by top government officials of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic, Ministers, Governors, Ambassadors and High Commissioners, representatives of Security Agencies, government agencies, NGOs, Civil Society Organizations and other distinguished guests.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has condemned the attacks on five communities in Plateau state describing it as satanic.
Umar Farouq who sympathized with the state government and victims of the armed banditry attacks in Garga District of Kanam Local Government Area of Plateau State stated that the mayhem unleashed on innocent citizens especially during the Ramadan Fasting was evil.
The Minister who directed the immediate deployment of relief materials including food, water, blankets and sleeping nets to the displaced victims who are currently seeking refuge in Garga Central primary school, Kanam Local Government Area of Plateau State announced that relief materials were on the way to being delivered to the victims.
Five communities including Kyaram, Gyambau, Dungur, Kukawa, Shuwaka villages under Garga District were attacked by armed bandits on Monday while scores were reportedly killed during the mayhem.
The National Emergency Management Agency under the Ministry accompanied by SEMA, Joint Military Task Force, Community Leaders, Local Government Council Members and the Media are already in Plateau state for an on-the-spot assessment to ascertain the level of destruction and advice the agency appropriately.
The Coordinator, NEMA North Central Zonal office Jos, Mr Eugene Nyelong who led the team confirmed that profiling and assessment of victims have begun.
According to Nyelong, the assessment which commenced on Tuesday April 12, 2022, revealed loss of many lives and destroyed property.
The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are said to be over 4800 comprising mostly women and children.
The local Government Health Department through the dispensary in Garga Town is however offering skeletal medical support to the displaced persons while the
Director General of NEMA Ahmed Mustapha Habib is working on prompt delivery of emergency humanitarian support ahead of full intervention.
It was on the 22nd of March 2022 when thousands of Nigerians turned speechless over the activities of Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. It became well known to Nigerians the giant efforts the ministry is taking towards making the lives of Nigerians better. Any doubts as to the great work the Ministry is doing was laid to rest as Nigerian’s and non Nigerians alike were given the opportunity to experience first hand the programmmes, activities, milestones and successes of the Ministry. So many doubts, unfounded allegations and fake news by nay sayers have been circulating in Nigeria over the activities of the ministry or why it was even created by the current administration but and the truth cannot be denied.
The Humanitarian Open House gave Nigerians the opportunity to see what exactly the ministry is doing, and ask questions about each of its agencies and programmes. Participants at the event were amazed when they got to the Humanitarian Hub and saw exclusive displays of how Nigerians are benefitting from this current administration through the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs. Disaster Management and Social Development. Displays like that of the Departments of the Ministry, the different programmmes under the National Social Investment Programmmes, the Agencies of the Ministry and other stake holders and partners provided all the required information on humanitarian interventions and social protection activities going on in the country.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) showcased their equipment and vehicles used to save the lives when there are disasters. Beneficiaries of the National Social Investment Programmmes from different states came willingly to give their testimonies of the impact of the programmme on their lives. I could recall while watching it on television when two Npower beneficiaries told everyone how the programme has aided them to be independent and entrepreneurs after going through a rough patch in life.
Persons with disabilities were also not left out. some of the disabled were at the hall and testified of all that the ministry had done for them.
The ministry launched the policy for internally displaced persons at the event.
When a friend called me and told me to turn on my television I was at first reluctant about it but I ended up screaming and extremely excited when I began watching it. It was not about the humanitarian hub or the testimonies by beneficiaries but the level of transparency by the ministry. Even oppositions whom we used to believe in became quiet because the transparency of Federal ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. It broke a record because the open house is the first of its kind where every individual can ask questions, get clarification and even give suggestions. Despite dignitaries being at the event nobody was denied access to the hall. Indeed, if other ministries can emulate from FMHADMSD Nigeria will become the country we have been dreaming about. I got to realize that it’s not about the politics but who is really ready to work for Nigerians, and today just like the physically challenged persons said at the event, as a Nigerian and a true patriotic citizen I am saying thank you Sadiya Umar Farouq.
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has concluded plans to roll out the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP 2.0 in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
This follows the final verification of Phase 1 applicants who qualified and were selected to benefit from small loans ranging from N50,000 to N300,000.
The Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq said that all beneficiaries of GEEP 2.0 shall receive congratulatory and sensitization text messages in the coming days informing them of their qualification and re-emphasis that the empowerment program is a loan and not a grant.
“All qualified beneficiaries will soon receive their disbursement alerts. We wish to remind all qualified beneficiaries that this is a loan payable without interest. It is not a grant or a government windfall. It is a soft interest-free loan that must be paid back within 9 months”.
Minister Umar Farouq also announced that the Ministry is planning a rollout of the program nationwide, after which an enumeration exercise to capture beneficiaries’ biodata, will take place.
The GEEP 2.0 is a loan scheme designed by the Federal Government to provide financial inclusion and give credit access to poor and vulnerable individuals, including Persons With Disability and persons at the bottom of the economic pyramid who are engaged in small scale commercial activities under its three flagship schemes: MarketMoni, TraderMoni and FarmerMoni.
Tradermoni targets uplifting under-privileged and marginalized youths aged between 18-40 years in Nigeria by providing them with loans of N50,000 while MarketMoni targets under-privileged and marginalized women aged between 18-55 years like Widows, divorcees amongst other vulnerable groups. They get interest-free loans of N50,000 payable within 6-9 months.
FarmerMoni is for Nigerian farmers aged between 18-55 years in rural areas that operate in the agricultural space. They are provided with loans of up to N300,000 for farming input. This scheme has 12 months including 3 months moratorium and 9 months repayment period.