Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, has expressed the resolve of the federal government to lift 90 million Nigerians currently living in poverty across the country.
Ms Farouq said this while presenting the 2020 budget estimates N44.21 billion for the approval of the House Committee on Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees chaired by Mohammed Jega on Monday.
The minister said the ministry was tasked with the responsibility to address some of the underlying causes, drivers and consequences of humanitarian crises and underdevelopment including.
She said this included the relatively high level of poverty of nearly half (90 million) of the country’s 198 million population live in.
The minister assured that the new ministry would strengthen the coordination of humanitarian and disaster management efforts by stakeholders.