…Celebrates Int’l day for eradication of poverty in Barwa community
By Deborah Christopher, Abuja
The Federal Government has reinterated commitment to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years while marking 2020 International Day For The Eradication of Poverty in Barwa Community.
The Minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq commemorated the annual International Day for the Eradication of Poverty with the people of Barwa community.
Farouq in her opening remarks she lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty through provision of Jobs, availability of loans, the introduction of the school Feeding program.
The Minister who was represented by Director, Humanitarian affairs, Ali Grema said “she was delighted to commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty with the community.
“This administration remains dedicated to the principles of International protection of vulnerable persons and shall align the National frameworks with the provisions of the United Nations”.
She diclosed that the ministry will continue to work with relevant stakeholders and Agencies under its supervision to ensure the realization of Mr. President’s vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of Poverty in 10years as the national bureau of statistics has it that 40 per cent of the total population in Nigeria live in poverty.
This special day was declared by the united nations as an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts and struggles of people living in poverty and a chance for them to make their concerns heard.
This year marked the 27th anniversary of the international day for the Eradication of poverty after it was declared by the united nations general assembly in 1992. The theme for this years’ Commemoration “Acting Together to Achieve Social and Environmental Justice for All”.
The people of Barwa community have lauded the federal government for building them a Health Centre, sinking a borehole to provide potable water for them.
The head of the community, Chief Monday Kogi expressed his appreciation on behalf of the people he said that prior to the ministry’s visit last year, they had no health centre or portable water. He said
“Since your first visit on October 17, 2019, we witnessed the construction of a bore hole in Barwa community and the building of a Health Centre. On behalf of the people of Barwa community, we say thank you”.
The community head also appealed to the federal government to help fence the Health Centre and construct an access road from the airport road to the community.
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs had adopted Barwa Community as a pilot Community at last year’s celebration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and supported the community with the construction of a Medical facility and provision of portable water by drilling a borehole through the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP).
This year, the Ministry donated three hand washing points with washing kits and personal protective equipments (PPE) including soaps, face masks and hand sanitizers to families and a community pot to mark the day while a symbolic hand washing was demonstrated.
Also speaking the Chief Executive of waterLight Initiatives (NGO) Engr. Prince Ero Ibhafidon Expressed his excitement over the accomplished projects constructed in Barwa community which they supported the ministry in achieving.
He said “The vision of waterlight gate is to alleviate poverty and increase the quality of life of Africans.
Ibhafidhon also explained that it is such a good thing, seeing that the ministry is working towards eradicating poverty and helping to make lives better. Especially giving the fact that now the people of Barwa have an health centre and acess to portable water of which both are an essential of life.
“The fight against poverty has been ongoing for years. One of Government’s primary responsibility is to assist and protect all persons in an equal manner as Poverty eradication is of significant concern”.