HM Sadiya Farouq Week In Review - 25 October 2020

The Minister of Humanitarian affairs, disaster Management and Social development share are week in review

According to Sadiya Farouq, I thank God that peace is being restored across the nation after almost 3 very tense weeks. Our condolences go out to families of those who lost their lives. | also commiserate with those who lost goods & property. Every life counts & violence achieves nothing.

I was very happy to speak to young men and women who are part of the Kashim Ibrahim fellowship especially during this period of agitation by youths for their voices to be heard. | shared with them my life story beginning as a young girl in Zamfara.

I also spoke to them about my journey as an admin officer and then politician. In our interactions | tried to share with them the virtues of perseverance, hard work, vision and focus. It was an interactive and mutually insightful experience.

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On Tuesday, | delivered a goodwill message at the Joint SDGs Fund Consultation on Institutionalising Social Protection for Accelerated SDGs Implementation in Nigeria. | used the opportunity to speak on #fmhdsd's efforts at institutionalising social protection especially in the wake of Covid-19.

spoke about our efforts to develop resilient systems and structures that will enhance our responses to all kind of shocks that could jeopardize our efforts towards building a better future for every citizen. To give legal fillip to our plans we are pushing for the passing of the National Social Protection Bill.

With the rains abating, the president Muhammed Buhari has authorized federal assistance to 12 states most ravaged by the seasonal rains. The states to receive relief and other equipment through #NemaNigerianema are: Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Kogi, Edo, Anambra, Delta, Kano, Jigawa, Rivers, Bayelsa & Adamawa.

On Friday, #F(MHDSD hosted a Fire Exit Drill at the Tower B of the Federal Secretariat Complex. The activities are part of initiatives to translate the call for Disaster Risk Reduction into action & departing from the normal rhetoric of just marking international days with speeches.

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There have been over 70 disastrous fire incidents in the past few months and they have left untold devastation and humanitarian toll in their wake. Proactive interventions such as these help scale up our preparedness while ensuring Disaster Risk Reduction.

Children, women, the disabled & the aged remain the most vulnerable persons of concern in times of crisis. During the week, the ministry hosted senior citizens in commemoration of the International Day for Older Persons. They received free medical check up as well as food & sundry items.

While still reflecting on this year's theme "Pandemics: "Do they change how we address age and ageing?" | am happy to announce that the National Policy on Ageing is currently awaiting approval of the Federal Executive Council. It will give statutory backing to the welfare of the ageing, said the Minister.

Have a good week.

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