By Collins Yakubu-Hammer
Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has expressed readiness to support the Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) to address poverty among the vulnerable population in the country.
Farouq disclosed this when the President of the Association, Hajiya Aisha Nana Gambo, and her executives visited her on Wednesday in Abuja.
The Minister said NOWA’s objectives is similar to the vision of her Ministry, adding that it is to improve the general well being of the citizens, especially the poor and vulnerable in the society.
“I believe that there are many areas we can collaborate: the mandate of the Ministry is to develop humanitarian policies, coordinate humanitarian interventions, ensure strategic disaster mitigation responses and social protection and inclusion of the citizens.
“We have the National Social Investment Programme which has the Conditional Cash Transfer for poor and vulnerable households. So far, 376 NOWA members have benefited.
“We have the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, a free interest and no collateral loans to small businesses. You can encourage your members to apply.
“We have the National Home Grown School Feeding Programmes for pupils in Primary one to three. NOWA could write and we will look at it and see how they could be included NOWA Schools in the programme,” Farouq said.
On N-Power, the minister said though the first set of Batch C Stream 1 have been enrolled, adding that the youths in barracks could also benefit in the next stream.
Farouq urged Gambo to encourage and educate the youths in the barracks to apply for the second stream in the next phase of the programme.
“However, I want to commend you on your pet project on water which is similar to our WASH Project for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the camps that deals with water and sanitation.
“I hops we can work together on this. Please, keep me informed of your activities.
“I want to assure you that my Ministry would be a good partner in achieving our objectives to improve the social welfare of the poor and vulnerable in our society,” Farouq said.
Speaking earlier, Gambo commended Farouq for her achievements from her works at the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs to her relentless exploits at the Humanitarian Ministry.
“The Ministry is the most recent but without a doubt, it is the most effective that is committed to the pursue of it key mandate.
“Nigerians applaud your role in the successful evacuation of 256 Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates on May 6, 2020, and the Evacuation of 198 Nigerians that were stranded in Lebanon due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“We are here in celebration and recognition of the great impact you have made in the lives of women and children in our great country.
“NOWA wishes to align itself and be recognised with a great personality like you, whose vision is to bring relief to Nigerians. This is the reason we come to applaud you and acknowledge you and your team’s outstanding performances,” Gambo said.
Gambo also hinted on the plans of NOWA to build a 200-capacity bed for women and children and asked for Farouq’s support.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that high point of the visit was the exchange of gifts between Farouq and Gambo and a short video clip on the activities of NOWA. (NAN)