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90m Nigerians live in poverty – FG

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Ms Sadiya Farouq on Monday expressed the resolve of the Federal Government to lift 90 million Nigerians currently living in poverty across the country.

Farouq said this while presenting the 2020 budget estimates N44.21 billion for the approval of the House Committee on Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees chaired by Rep. Mohammed Jega.

The minister said that the ministry was tasked with the responsibility to address some of the underlying causes, drivers and consequences of humanitarian crises and underdevelopment.

She said this included the relatively high level of poverty  nearly half (90 million) of the country’s 198 million population live in.

The minister assured that the new ministry would strengthen the coordination of humanitarian and disaster management efforts by stakeholders.

The breakdown of the proposed 2020 budget for National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons include N474,306,285 for personnel, N165 million for resettlement of IDPs in the North East and Bakkasi returnees in the 2020 budget proposal. NEWS

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