As part of activities to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty’ the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Farouq led a team of National and International Stakeholders to Barwa Community, FCT.
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is an international observance celebrated every year on October 17 throughout the world.
The first commemoration of the event took place in Paris, France, in 1987 when 100,000 people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro to honour victims of poverty, hunger, violence and fear .
The event which began early in morning with a walk from old Parade ground, ended with a Community Engagement at Barwa Village, Airport Road.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq said the ministry was seizing the opportunity to provide a different approach to poverty elimination .
According to her this involves placing poor children and their families at the centre of decision making and formulation of sustainable programmes and interventions that will lift them out of poverty without moving them away from their communities”.
“Already, commendable efforts by the National Social Investment Office have impacted 12,887,207 beneficiaries directly, and 44,588,628 secondary beneficiaries.
“These have been achieved through programmes like the National Cash Transfer Programme where monthly cash transfer of N5,000 are made to the poor and vulnerable households.”
The United Nations Representative Mr. Oliver Stolpe observed that children were twice as likely as adults to live in poverty and that perpetuates a cycle of reoccurring circle in the family.
On his part the Minister for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, said with all past efforts to tackle poverty, this was the first time government put in place policy and plans to tackle poverty.
The Chief of Barwa Community, Mr. Monday Kogi, said they were happy to receive the Minister and all the dignitaries on such a day to fight against poverty.
He however lamented on the challenges facing the community such as bad road leading into their community and the difficulty of transportation.
He said the community, though right in the heart of modern civilization is in dire need of healthcare centers and a junior secondary school due to the distance from the community to the main road.
“Going to school is a problem to our children, other needs include pipe born water and insecurity.”
The theme for this year’s International Day for the eradication of poverty is “Acting Together and communities to end poverty” and our National theme is ‘Enabling a Poverty Free Nation’.