40 Million Nigerians Unemployed, 90 Million Living In Extreme Poverty – Buhari’s Minister

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Sadiya Farouq Laments Humanitarian Challenges In Nigeria

Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, Nigeria’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has revealed that over 40 million Nigerians are currently unemployed.

She made the worrying disclosure when she appeared before the House committee on women affairs and social development to defend the ministry’s 2020 budget proposal.

It was gathered the minister further revealed that nearly half (90 million) of Nigeria’s current population live in extreme poverty.

She highlighted that the proposed 2020 budget for the ministry which is N3,582,102,000, comprises N499, 975,000 in recurrent expenditure and N3,082,127,000 for capital expenditure.

Farouq disclosed that her ministry has the responsibility of identifying and proferring solutions to humanitarian crises ravaging some parts of the country and has no intention of failing in it.

She also listed the agencies under the ministry’s supervision as the National Commission for Refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons (NCR), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the National Social Investment Office (NSIO), the North East Development Commission (NEDC), the office of the senior special assistant to the president on sustainable development goals, and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

The minister lamented that “relatively high poverty, nearly half (90 million) of the country’s 198 million population, live in extreme poverty; relatively high unemployment at 23.2 per cent with over 40 million unemployed or underemployed citizens; high number of persons of concern, including over two million Internally Displaced Persons; 230,000 Nigerian refugees in Niger, Chad and Cameroon and 45,000 refugees in Nigeria; over 22 million persons with disabilities; over 14 million persons in one form of drug and substance abuse or the other; and growing needs of the elderly and other vulnerable groups.”

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