Highlights Of HM Sadiya Farouq last Week Events
On Monday, August 2, 2021, HM Sadiya Farouq had the distinct pleasure of flagging off the maiden Senior Citizens Dialogue Forum which provided a unique opportunity to interact with a critical stakeholder base and people of concern.
Poverty, hunger, and the pandemic present clear existential challenges to this vulnerable group and HE President Muhammad Buhari’s administration has shown commitment to our senior citizens by developing the National Policy on Ageing and setting up the National Senior Citizens Center (NSCC), she said.
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With these in place, the concerns of our senior citizens will no longer be handled in a discretionary, adhoc, or tokenistic manner. Their concerns are now handled strategically and comprehensively with guidance from extant policy documents, the minister said.
The National Senior Citizens Act and National Policy on Ageing are soon to be operationalized by the National Senior Citizens Center (NSCC). The Older Persons Safety net programme is another initiative that speaks to the administration's consideration for our senior citizens.
On Tuesday the minister represented Vice President HE Prof Yemi Osinbajo at the launch of USAID Momentum and global partnership, an initiative that promises to be beneficial to our country.
On Wednesday she also joined other cabinet-level colleagues at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting which was presided over by the Vice President HE Prof Yemi Osinbajo
On Friday she flagged off the GEEP 2.0 training of Master Trainers programme and also attended the Ministry of Environment's first national summit on environmental health.
In her comments at the GEEP 2.0 event, she noted the primacy of the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme (GEEP) as one of the 4 NSIPs designed to give collateral and interest-free credit to the poor and vulnerable including people living with disabilities.
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The Training of Master Trainers programme is proceeding as a collaborative partnership with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) which is one of the partners in the implementation of the NSIP programmes
The agency has shown outstanding dedication towards effective implementation of the NSIP programmes by its untiring efforts to consistently raise awareness to positively change attitudes, values, and behaviors.
The choice of the NOA is also predicated on its capacity as a government agency with spread across all states and LGA thus making it well-positioned to adequately engage, mobilize and sensitize the general public on government's programmes and policies.
In this vein, @fmhdsd is partnering with NOA in appointing its Community Orientation and Mobilization officers (COMO's) as “GEEP Local Government Desk Officers” in all the 774 LGAs across the 36 states and the FCT.
The role of the desk officers will include but is not limited to:
a) Sensitize communities on the GEEP programme;
b) Register interested beneficiaries of TraderMoni, MarketMoni, and FarmerMoni
c) Collect and collate necessary data for the programme Others include:
d) Provide necessary feedback to the programme coordinators at State and Federal Levels
e) Encourage active participation in the programme
f) Uphold the mandate of the programme and lead with honesty, fairness under conditions of oath.
The two-day intensive interactive training course was intended to train the master trainers while providing understanding and insight into the processes, drivers, threats, and opportunities associated with the core GEEP activities.
The training is also intended to educate the Master Trainers about the newly introduced structure of top to bottom representation from the Federal through State and LGA levels respectively while informing them on the roles and responsibilities of the COMQOs about registering and enlightening the target beneficiaries on how to access GEEP loans
The First National Environmental Health Summit in Nigeria was launched by the Honourable Minister of Environment (FMEn), Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar on Friday, August 6, 2021.
The theme of the event was "Rebranding Environmental Health Practice: Breaking Barriers, Unlocking Opportunities’ and the aim was to bring Environmental Health Professionals and stakeholders together to chart progress towards creating sustainable solutions to ensure environmental health.
She was invited to the event as a discussant in my capacity as HM @fmhdsd. Poverty and vulnerability are interconnected and many of the diseases most associated with poverty are related to the environment.
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According to the UN World Health Organization, approximately 25% of the disease burden in developing countries can be attributed to the environment. As such there are implications of Environmental Health policy and practice on the most vulnerable of society.
Environmental Health has long been recognized as one of the three pillars of Sustainable Development — alongside the Economic and Social pillars. The recognition of the interdependency of all three pillars has led to aspirations like the UN SDGs.
While congratulating my brother minister on the initiative | took out time to let him know that, on behalf of my Ministry, we are open to pursuing partnerships and collaborations in ways that can improve the outcomes of our joint efforts, she added
Have a great week.