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Governor Zulum Receives Humanitarian Minister In Maiduguri, Promises Partnership To Succeed On Renewed Hope Agenda.

Dr. Betta Edu arrived Maiduguri He


It was a renewed hope for the people of Borno state, North East Nigeria as the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation‎

The Minister who was received at the Government House by the Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, thanked him for the grand reception and for the excellent work he is doing in Borno State that is bringing peace, development, and stability to the people and the region.

Dr. Betta Edu arrived Maiduguri

She informed the Governor that Borno State is the first State she is visiting in her capacity as Minister since her swearing in as Minister to show how important and strategic the State is to achieving results on humanitarian response and ending poverty in Nigeria as well as stabilizing North East in particular and Nigeria.

Dr. Edu reiterated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s commitment to minimizing Humanitarian crisis and eliminating poverty in Nigeria which is in fulfilment of the President’s Renewed Hope Agenda and the SDG goals 1 & 2.

“It is important that the Ministry renew its partnership with the State and leverage on their successes and experience to find better ways of doing things.

Dr. Betta Edu arrived Maiduguri

“The Ministry under me will not only aim at eliminating poverty, but it shall also provide safety nets to prevent Nigerians from going under the poverty line.”

The Minister informed the Governor that the Ministry is committed to returning the refugees and migrants to their various homes by 2024.

She said structures must be put in place to repatriate and reintegrate the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back into their communities.

The Minister who described the Governor as “Action Leader” informed him that the National Social Register shall be cleaned up and expanded to accommodate more people in other to meet target while the Ministry shall establish humanitarian hubs in all Local Government Areas as a deliberate policy of targeting the grassroots as well as the poor that are more in large numbers in communities and villages.

Dr. Betta Edu arrived Maiduguri

The Ministry shall deliberately create job opportunities for youth on a short and long-term basis, give micro-credits, vocational training, etc.

She encouraged the Governor to continue giving leadership and support at the State level so that the overall objective of eliminating hunger and poverty will be attained.

Responding, the Governor Babagana Zulum, congratulated the Hummanitarian Minister on her appointment as a Member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and welcomed her and her team to Borno State.

He assured the Minister of his government commitment towards addressing the humanitarian issues and poverty.

The Governor highlighted three priority areas of collaboration, including
Poverty which he described as a nexus with insecurity saying “Once poverty is addressed, insecurity would be addressed.
IDPs according to the Governor is not sustainable as it is in the camps.

Other issues attributed as challenges at the IDP camps are population growth and gender-based violence.

“State Government houses the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) for only a short time as transit facilities, while they try to provide durable solutions from humanitarian to sustainable solutions. Government he said, also created SME opportunities for displaced persons.

The third factor according to Governor Zulum was the Refugees situation, saying they are over 200,000 refugees in Niger, 60,000 in Cameroon and 24,000 in Chad. Hence the State must work with the Ministry to bring these refugees back home. They need houses, money, jobs amongst other basic amenities.

The Governor informed the Minister of the existence of the Presidential Committee that is to return and reintegrate these refugees.

“The Vice President is the Chairman of that committee and the work of the Committee has gone far, the Ministry has a very huge role to play in that committee.

On the Humanitarian Development Partners, the Governor said their role is to compliment what Government does and not to take the lead in responsibilities of Government.

Also, the priorities of Government must be their priorities too. So, they must key into Government priorities.

On the National Social Register, the Governor said that States should have the opportunity of owning the register because the poverty index is continuously changing.

Highlights of the visit was the exchange of souvenir between the Governor and the honourable Minister.

Rasheed Olanrewaju Zubair, (ANIPR)
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity To Hon. Minister MHAPA.


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