Nigerian crises include 90m living in extreme poverty – Minister

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The minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Ms Sadiya Farouq has said that part of the challenges confronting Nigeria is that about 90 million of its citizens live in extreme poverty.

The minister stated this in Abuja yesterday when she appeared before the house committee on women affairs and social development to defend her ministry’s 2020 budget proposal.

“Relatively high poverty, nearly half (90 million) of the country’s 198 million population live in extreme poverty; relatively high unemployment at 23.2 per cent with over 40 million unemployed or underemployed citizens; high number of persons of concern, including over two million Internally Displaced Persons; 230,000 Nigerian refugees in Niger, Chad and Cameroon and 45,000 refugees in Nigeria; over 22 million persons with disabilities; over 14 million persons in one form of drug and substance abuse or the other; and growing needs of the elderly and other vulnerable groups,” she said.

The minister stated that the ministry had the enormous responsibility of addressing some of the underlining causes, drivers and consequences of humanitarian crises and underdevelopment.

Farouq said the proposed total 2020 budget for the ministry was N3, 582, 102, 000.

The amount comprises N499, 975,000 for recurrent expenditure and N3, 082, 127, 000 for capital expenditure.

She also stated that the ministry has six agencies under its supervision.

These are the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the National Social Investment Office (NSIO), the North East Development Commission (NEDC), the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

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