Written by Laraba Murey

Covid-19: FG moves to support vulnerable groups

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq,  has said that it will continue to be part of the ongoing interventions of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 with  focus on vulnerable groups in the country.

In doing so, the ministry said it will be working jointly with all agencies that it supervises to deliver emergency relief to vulnerable categories.

Farouq stated that the intervention will prioritize prevention, community engagement and increase sensitization to prevent the spread of Covid-19 particularly among vulnerable groups to drive the overall national strategy adopted by the PTF on the pandemic.

"To provide some respite for the vulnerable, we will adopt targeted social interventions for them to ensure every Nigerian identified as a vulnerable person receives support. “We will equally leverage the existing social intervention programmes to provide safety nets nationwide," she added.

The ministry also directed all its agencies to make available both human and material resources for use in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The minister restated that the ministry and the agencies "have a collective responsibility to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and to save lives and alleviate suffering of people in line with its mission and mandate.  It is also our responsibility to act and coordinate all interventions that promote social development and strengthen social systems that provide support for and protection of vulnerable groups in Nigeria."

Protective items such as face masks, sanitizers and soap for hand washing will and food items, early payments to beneficiaries of Conditional Cash Transfer will be distributed to the identified vulnerable persons nationwide.

Present at meeting were representatives of  relevant stakeholders National Emergency Management Agency under the Ministry will lead in delivering services and relief to people and most especially the vulnerable groups along with the other agencies, including NAPTIP, the North East Development Commission , NEDC, SDGs and the four components of the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIPs) namely N-Power, Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, GEEP and the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme, NHSFP.



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