Highlights From HM Sadiya Umar Farouq Week

Highlights From HM Sadiya Umar Farouq Week


HM Sadiya Umar Farouq wrote:

On Monday 25th October 2021. I was a grateful recipient of an Award of Excellence bestowed on me by the Faculty of Humanities and the Governing Council of Yusuf Maitama Sule University in the ancient city of Kano.

In my acceptance speech, I thanked the institution for the honour while highlighting the fact that President @mbuhari's vision of uplifting vulnerable Nigerians and positively impacting persons of concern was the reason why I was standing there.

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I also acknowledge the contribution of my colleagues, heads of MDAs as well as multilateral agencies who support the work we do @fmhdsd.

On the same day in Kano following the award ceremony, I officiated the flag-off event of the training of mobile money agents for the northwest region. At the flag-off, I reminded guests and dignitaries of the imperative of the programme.

The Mobile Money Agents Programme was introduced in 2020 to sustain the social inclusion agenda of president @mbuhari's Administration and is consistent with the vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.

They will act as foot soldiers to help facilitate the success of a key pillar of the FG's NSIP. The youths will be trained nationwide and upon completion of training will be registered with the Shared Agency Network Expansion Facility (SANEF) as Mobile Money Agents and be provided with a Start-up Kit.

The plan is that this programme will hopefully provide job opportunities to lift the 1,850 youths selected from the 36 States and FCT out of the unemployment market while promoting financial inclusion.

On Tuesday, I attended the 4th meeting of the Alternate School Programme (ASP) in my Capacity as co-chair. It was a particularly important meeting because it provided an opportunity for the TWG to present its implementation plans.

The ASP is meant to provide access to education to everyone irrespective of their social or economic standing by providing informal spaces of instruction with the overarching objective of reducing the informal spaces of instruction with the overarching objective of reducing the population of out-of-school children in Nigeria. This well-intentioned and ambitious programme has become necessary in view of the fact that traditional approaches to educational programmes are no longer enough.

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In my comments, I thanked the TWG and NSC for approaching their job with dedication and commitment while noting that the submission of their implementation plans was a key first step towards the successful execution of the programme.

Have a great week.

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