Bello creates Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, praises FG's social investment program

Bello creates Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, praises FG's social investment program


Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on Tuesday announced the establishment of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

Mr Bello said this in a statement issued in Lokoja by his media aide, Mr Ugwu Muhamed, at the formal launch of the Federal Government Vulnerable People Grants Program under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation at the General Office. made this declaration.

The governor praised the federal government's social investment programs.

He said the establishment of the new ministry is in line with the overarching vision of President Bola Tinubu's administration as set out in the Agenda of New Hope, which aims to lift 50 million Nigerians out of poverty annually. It was explained that.

“My administration has provided the necessary legal framework and legislative authority for the creation of this Department of Humanitarian Affairs.

“The Vulnerable Groups Grant is specifically targeted at the most economically disadvantaged in society and will provide beneficiaries with N20,000 in cash,” he said.

“We believe that this grant will effectively contribute to the administration’s goal of lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty.

*Over the years, we have been engaged in various initiatives to alleviate and eliminate poverty in Kogi. This includes free education in primary and secondary schools, quarterly distribution of palliatives, and free medical programs for pregnant women and children.

“Furthermore, the government is responsible for defraying examination fees for public school students and released funds in October, including the N497 million disbursed for WAEC expenses in 2024.

“This is the result of my administration’s Zero Out-of-School Child Plan, which has achieved substantial results.

He expressed confidence that the Governor-elect, Mr. Ahmed Usman Ododo, will build on these achievements and strengthen the relationship with the Federal Government and local governments for the overall welfare of the people,” Bello said.

During the ceremony, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Beta Edu, congratulated the beneficiaries and commended the Kogi women for their unwavering support to the APC-led administration at both the federal and state levels.

Mr. Edu pointed out that apart from subsidies to vulnerable groups, the federal government is implementing more than 20 social programs targeting poverty alleviation, food security and human capital development.

The Minister disclosed that 3,000 people benefited from the program as part of the first phase of Kogi.

Asiwaju Idris Ashilu, the State Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, commended the efforts of the Federal Government, which has rolled out a number of initiatives to combat poverty, socio-economic inequality and strengthen security in the state. He praised Governor Yahaya Bello.

Source: guardian.ng

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