A group, Peoples Support Group, PSG, yesterday, has sought for increased funding for the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, to enable its expand activities across the country.
The group made the demand in a statement signed by the National Coordinator, PSG, Hajia Larai Kolo, after a quarterly meeting held in Abuja, where it commended activities of the Ministry despite what they called distractions, and passing of Vote of Confidence on the Minister.
It also called for support for the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Mrs. Sadiya Farouq, to consolidate on her achievements in a short time.
The group in the statement claimed that some allegations levied against the Minister were unfounded.
It also commended expansion of the list of beneficiaries under the social and economic welfare scheme , adding that such would ensure more vulnerable Nigerians to enjoy inclusiveness and sense of belonging of the scheme.
The Statement reads in part, “Rising from our quarterly meeting in Abuja today, we are satisfied with the handling of the activities under the supervision of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Mrs. Sadiya Farouq, in the area of providing care and support to victims of natural disasters, insurgency and banditry that are scattered in various refugee camps across the country.
“We also applauded the expansion of the list of beneficiaries of the social and economic welfare scheme under the ministry to cover more vulnerable Nigerians.
“The seven-point communique issued at the end of our meeting appeal to all stakeholders from different sectors of the economy to support the Minister in her efforts to implement government programmes on poverty reduction and eradication among the people.
“What the Minister at this point requires support from well-meaning Nigerians whose suggestions on how to consolidate and improve on the successes already achieved in the execution of her (Farouq) mandate and not unnecessary distraction.
“We, therefore, call for increased funding of the Ministry’s activities to enabling it to expand its scope as a new ministry that serves as an important link between the government and the people.”
The group also urged Nigerians to disregard the allegations made against the Minister, which it said were based on hatred and sentiments.