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COVID-19: Humanitarian ministry takes delivery of 3.999 tonnes of grain from ECOWAS

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COVID-19: Humanitarian ministry takes delivery of 3.999 tonnes of grain from ECOWAS

The ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development said it has taken delivery of 3.999 tons of food grains donated to the Federal Government by ECOWAS.

To that end the ministry said more palliatives are coming for the vulnerable people in Nigeria to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

According to a press Statement released by the media unit of the ministry yesterday the minister in charge of the ministry Sadiya Umar Farouq along with the Hon. Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development Alhaji  Mustapha Baba Shehuri and Hon. Minister of State Foreign Affairs Ambassador Zubairu Dada jointly recieved the items in Kano.
The donation in grains Farouq said are meant to alleviate the impact of the Covid 19 virus on such households and assist most vulnerable in Nigeria.

During the handover of the grains at the ECOWAS/ FMARD Grain Depot in Hotoro Kano on Saturday 22nd August 2020, the Minister thanked the ECOWAS Commission for the kind gesture stating that “The provision of humanitarian assistance for distribution to the vulnerable population is a timely and generous act”
She noted that the grains would go a long way in cushioning the effect of Covid 19 on vulnerable citizens.
While speaking at the handing over ceremony the Minister said the Ministry had responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring various forms of palliatives were given to the poor and vulnerable across the 36 States and the FCT as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
She added that about 70,000 metric tons of grains consisting of maize, sorghum, and millet as well as trailer loads of rice and vegetable oil were among the palliatives distributed.
According to the Minister, “At the commencement of the Covid 19 Pandemic the National Social Register (NSR) had 2.5 million poor and vulnerable Households with over 11 million individuals in 34 States and the FCT.
“As at today 3.7 million households with over 15.5 million individuals in all 36 States and the FCT are in the Register.” Sadiya Umar Farouq added that “the expanded register will ensure that the food items provided by the ECOWAS Commission reaches the most vulnerable it is meant for and work toward mitigating the risk of food security at this critical time.”
 
The Commissioner of Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources – ECOWAS Mr. Sangare Sekou conveyed the warm greetings of the President of ECOWAS HE, Dr. Jean-Claude Kassi Brou to HE President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria for the constant support and facilities provided ECOWAS.
He paid tributes to the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari that earned him the “champion of the fight against Coronavirus by his peers.
He added that “The donation is with the objective of saving the maximum lives in West Africa. Saving lives also means giving food to people affected not only by the Coronavirus, but also for our brothers and sisters, our parents affected by terrorism, vandalism, violent conflicts and climate change”
He added that it is not an option to remain without taking action. Stressing that the event, “confirms the breathing of the regional solidarity mechanism represented by the Regional Food Security Reserve and strengthens us in commitment to ECOWAS, to the countries and to the populations”.
On his part, the Minister of State Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that in order  to address the food crisis in the West African sub region, Heads of Government of Member States decided to set up a Regional Food Security Reserve Programme that can be used for interventions in case of emergencies and boost food security.
He and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs appreciated ECOWAS for the gesture while the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs assured that the grains will be judiciously distributed.

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Humanitarian Minister makes case for compliance with building accessibility law 

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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has made a strong case for the law that makes it mandatory for public buildings to be made accessible to People living with disability is complied with.

The minister spoke on Tuesday during a press briefing at the Nigerian Army Resource center in Abuja while commemorating this years International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDs) in the country. 

She said, “The issue of accessibility for people living with disability has now become a law. It is in the act itself that public and private buildings take into cognisance the issue of accessibility for the People living with Disability (PLWD) 
“For us in the ministry we are doing everything possible to ensure that this law is adhered to. We have written to the Federal ministry of works and Housing to that effect and we are to hold a meeting with the Honorable minister on this issue. “We have also written to the ministry of Labour and Employment, Civil service commission, all these efforts geared towards ensuring that the issues concerning accessibility, concerning their rights employment and other issues are adhered to. 

“So it is work in progress, we are working on it. The Good thing is that It has now become a law and we will try as much as possible that the law comes into effect going forward.”
She said the theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Building Back better: Toward a disability- Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable post covid-19 world”. 
“This theme is focused on ensuring that Persons with Disabilities are equipped and empowered for inclusive, accessible and sustainable development as is envisaged in the Covid-19 world.”
She said the 3rd of December every year has been proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, following the United Nation General Assembly Resolution 47/3 of 1992. 
“The day is intended to prompt member States and other disability stakeholders to focus on issues relating to total inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), raise awareness on them and awakening the consciousness of all member States toward encouraging and promoting activities that will bring issues of disability in the front burner in both national and international circles, as well as celebrating Persons with Disabilities.”

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2020 IDPWDs: Humanitarian Ministry also donates items to vulnerable In the Church

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The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has donated items to the vulnerable in the church to mark the 2020 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDS).
This was coming just as similar gesture was to the vulnerables in the Mosque earlier to mark the same celebration by the ministry.
The items were presented to the Church by the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, at the St Mathew Anglican Church, Gwarimpa Abuja.
The Minister through her Representative, Director Special Needs of the Ministry, Mrs. Onwukwue Nkechi Florence said IDPWDs is marked December 3rd every year and the Federal Government, stakeholders and the church are doing so much to remember Persons with Disabilities.
Continuing, the Minister said the church service was organised to pray for the vulnerable in the society and the Ministry and it’s Agencies for God’s grace to achieve the mandate of the Ministry.
The items include: 5 bags of 50kg of rice, 5 cartons of peak milk, clothes and 20 pieces of wrappers.
Earlier, the Vicar of Saint Mathew Anglican Church, Ven. Andrus Ukaejiofo, appreciated the Ministry for the items given to the vulnerable in the Church. He offered prayers for the vulnerable as well as the Management and staff of the Ministry.
The IDPWDs is an annual global event marked every December 3rd, to promote the rights and well-being of the Persons with Disabilities.
To commemorate the 2020 IDPWDs, the activities earmarked to celebrate the Day include Jumat Prayers and Sunday Service, Press Briefing by the Honourable Minister and the Grand Finale.
 
 

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#ENDSARS: Association appeals to FG, states to compensate affected traders

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#ENDSARS: Association appeals to FG, states to compensate affected traders

By Mustapha Sumaila

The Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) has appealed to Federal and State Governments to compensate traders whose businesses were affected during the EndSARS protest across the country.

The newly elected president of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal at the inauguration ceremony of the new executive in Abuja on Sunday.

Abbas said it was a tough time for his members over the unfortunate incident of EndSARS protest that was hijacked by hoodlums which caused destruction of properties of many traders.

He noted that paying them adequate compensation for the loss would help their businesses bounce back and in turn boost the economy of the country.

“I will like to reflect on the unfortunate incident which led to the loss of lives and properties of our members especially those in the southern part of the country.

“It is sad and so unfortunate for this kind of barbaric act to happen in this country for whatever reason. We do hope both Federal and State Governments will pay adequate compensation to the affected individuals.

“We also need to commend the effort of the Northern leaders and youth for their peaceful disposition as their conduct prevented reprisal attack in the region” he said.

Abbas commended the effort of President Muhammadu Buhar’s led administration for initiating various social economic intervention programmes.

He however decried that only few of his members could benefit and then appealed to Federal Government to provide more intervention for his members.

The president reiterated his commitment and determination to work with government agencies concern to ensure that more of his members benefit from intervention programmes.

He pledged to run an open door policy and work to justify the confidence reposed on him by members of the association across the country.

Abbas said in ensuring to make the association a data based, MATAN had commenced biometric registration of all its members.

The new executive officers inaugurated were, Alhaji Muhammad-Sani Kari as Deputy President North while Mrs Ebele Okafor would serve as Deputy President South and Mr Olakunle Johnson as National Secretary.

Others are Muhammad Labaran Abdulrahman as National Tresurer, Dr Sadiq Umar Awwal National Publicity Secretary  and  Alhaji Abubakar Sokoto was also inaugurated as Assistant National Secretary among others. NAN

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