FG approves $5 billion annual fund for humanitarian and poverty alleviation

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved plans to establish a Humanitarian and Poverty Alleviation Trust Fund which would provide relief to disaster victims and the vulnerable.

The FEC also approved $5bn annual revenue for the fund, setting aside $700m for adolescent girls’ education in the country.

The announcement was made on Monday, October 23, by the Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Minister, Betta Edu, after the FEC meeting. 

Edu also revealed that a governing board will be constituted to supervise the implementation of the fund would be carefully worked out by a committee made up of relevant ministers that are relevant to the process. 

She said; 

“This is a flexible form of financing that is supposed to help Nigeria adequately respond to humanitarian crises and challenges as well as adequately address the issue of poverty in Nigeria.

“This of course is a victory for the poor and indeed, would bring help and succor which the Renewed Hope Agenda stands for.

  ”We are therefore grateful to President Bola Tinubu today for the approval given for the creation of the Humanitarian and Poverty Alleviation Trust  Fund. 

“This is a flexible form of financing that can help us get contributions from different sectors. So we’re going to have contributions from government, from the private sector, development partners, individuals, philanthropic individuals, and other innovative forms of crowd-funding and pooling of funds together.

“This to allow for an emergency response to humanitarian crisis in Nigeria. Every other day we hear about crisis, the floods and the rest of it. We need to be able to respond adequately as a country. Beyond this, the issue of poverty alleviation is one of the agendas of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in his eight-point agenda and we want to be able to tackle it headlong.

”Every year we hope to be able to raise at least $5 billion within this fund and this is from the various sources that I’ve mentioned and even more. We are hopeful that with the creation of this funding, we can sit down with all the key stakeholders, including other ministries, and actually work out the full modality of implementation in Nigeria.

“We have signed up to the African charter and this has made us one of the countries within Africa that has approved that older people be protected and should not be discriminated against at any level and this gives them a lot of protection and the government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is interested in their welfare and protecting their rights”, she said.

 ”With the mindset of driving away the local population and moving in to explore, it’s technology that is helping us decipher these. We are working with the National Security Adviser (Nuhu Ribadu) the Inspector General of Police Kayode Egbetokun).”