Farouq stated this on Thursday in Barwa, a local settlement in Abuja, in her address at an event to celebrate this year’s International Day for Eradication of Poverty.
While the global theme for this year’s celebration is “Acting together to empower children, their families and community to end poverty”,
Nigeria’s sub-theme is “Enabling a Poverty-Free Nation”. “The ministry has poverty eradication as a fundamental part of its mandate and will drive the fulfilment of Buhari’s vision to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. “Under my watch, the ministry will attempt to empower every child and adult living in poverty by putting in place strategic programmes and interventions that will aid economic growth.
“The programmes will also address social needs like health, social protection and education in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to end poverty in all its forms by 2030. “Already, commendable efforts by the National Social Investment Office have impacted 12,887,207 beneficiaries directly, and 44,588,628 secondary beneficiaries.
“These have been achieved through programmes like the National Cash Transfer Programme where monthly cash transfer of N5,000 are made to the poor and vulnerable households.
“As we celebrate this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we are here in Barwa community not as experts who have all the answers.
“Rather, we are here as fellow travellers and learners willing to engage both children and adult,” Farouq said. The minister stressed that often times, poverty was driven by a victim’s mindset resulting from the difficulties faced by poor persons, their families and communities, which often steal their hopes and dreams of a bright future.