By Victoria Onehi
The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) has assured the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, of their commitment to support the Humanitarian Response and Poverty Alleviation with 270M USD.
They said this when the Country Representative of UNICEF, Christian Mundate, led the Chief of Health & HIV/AIDS, Eduardo Celades, to the Minister in her office in Abuja.
A statement by the Deputy Director Information at the Ministry, Rhoda Ishaku Iliya disclosed that the UNICEF Chief assured the Minister of technical support to build capacity of the Ministry’s staff as well as support the development of a Humanitarian Response Protocol for Nigeria. The Protocol is to guide all Humanitarian Actors as this will facilitate effective coordination.
In addition, they will support the establishment of a National Humanitarian Situation Room or Humanitarian Emergency Operation Centre (H-EOC) to monitor, mitigate and prevent Humanitarian Emergencies and build resilience in the system.
Responding, the Minister, Dr. Betta Edu, informed the delegation that the Federal Government of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, is committed to lifting 133 Million poor Nigerians out of poverty in a phased approach; especially, the 71 Million extremely poor Nigerians who leave under one dollar ninety-five cents a day.
She charged UNICEF to also draw up plans towards supporting the FG on poverty alleviation. ”Time is of essence and we need to run at the speed of light to roll out social programs that will bring relieve to the burdens of the poor. Nigerians are eagerly waiting for full implementation of the renewed hope agenda, the time for intense action is now.”
The Minister assured them of the commitment to transparency and accountability in all the processes of the Ministry adding that the engagement with partners like UNICEF will continue until Government achieves its target.