COVID-19: The COVID-19 Pandemic has Presented an Unprecedented Humanitarian, Economic and Health Crisis – Farouq

(3rd left) Representative of the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, the Special Adviser on Humanitarian Affairs, Alhaji Musa Bungudu; (4th left) Director Disaster Management of the ministry, Dr Dorathy Nwodo, (5th left) Head of Special Duties of the ministry, Nadia Soso-Muhammed, President of the Coalition of Orphanages and Children Homes in Abuja, Senator Eze Ajoku, (1st left) Representative of the Chairman Gwagwalada Area Council Honourable Mohammed Kassim and (2nd left), General Coordinator ANAWIM Home (poorest of the poor) Reverend Sister Oresoa-Selo Ojeme, during the flag off of distribution of palliatives to orphanage homes in FCT

The Minister, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has said that the Covid-19 pandemic has presented an unprecedented Humanitarian, economic and health crisis adding that all hands should be on deck to assist the vulnerable population to navigate the crisis.

The Minister, who was represented by the Special Adviser on Humanitarian Affairs to the Minister, Alhaji Musa Bungudu, stated this today, during the flag off of the distribution of palliatives to orphanage homes at Gwagwalada in FCT, Abuja.

According to her, “the point has been made that in times of crisis, the vulnerable members of our community are often the most impacted. When l speaks of the vulnerable l speak of our elderly, people living with disability, women with children, young children and those separated by circumstances from their families and loved ones.”

Farouq recalled that similar visit was paid to the cluster of people Living with Disability at Karamajiji and also visited were the elderly at Karshi the previous weeks.

Farouq however, commended the management of the homes taking care of the helpless children who have, through no fault of theirs, been denied the warmth of home.

“As Africans we know that it takes a village to raise a child, so by joining you today, we are forming a village of the concerned who are coming together in solidarity to show love and support to a key segment of our vulnerable population.

Part of my remit as Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is to provide humanitarian interventions that brings relief to our citizens both at home and abroad.

It is in recognition of that mandate that we are here today even though the welfare of orphanages rests with and is a core mandate of the Ministry of Women Affairs.”

The Minister noted that 25 orphanage homes in FCT which will be impacted by the intervention were identified through consultations with homes, NGOs and CSOs, adding that 5 of those present at the event were, Anawim Homes (poorest of the poor), Gwagwalada, Al-Ansar Home, Kuje, St Mary’s Home for Orphans, Gwagwalada, Shining Star Orphanage Lugbe, Good Sheperd Orphanage Kwali and Halal Children Home Lugbe.

She said that these homes and orphanages will receive 500 bags of rice and other food items adding that such gesture will be extended to other orphanage homes across the nation.

The Minister commended the management of these homes as well as the NGOs and CSOs who continue to provide support and guidance in providing humanitarian aid to the vulnerable population at this critical time.

Earlier, the General Coordinator Anawim Home (Poorest of the Poor), Gwagwalada, Rev. Sister Oresoa Agatha Selo-Ojeme, expressed her profound gratitude to the minister whom she referred to as “Mama Farouq” for her kind gesture and also commended the effort of the Buhari-led administration in ensuring that the poor and the vulnerable are not left out in the society.

Rhoda Iliya

Deputy Director (Information)

May 21, 2020

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