The Federal Government of Nigeria has stated that eradicating poverty in the country could lead to a significant reduction of over 50% in the levels of insecurity experienced across the nation. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, made this assertion during a visit to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Hassan Abubakar, in Abuja.
Edu emphasized that poverty plays a crucial role in fostering insecurity, which in turn has given rise to humanitarian crises in Nigeria. She noted that addressing poverty is key to resolving insecurity-related challenges, stating, “When we win the war against poverty, we would have won the war against insecurity by over 50 per cent. Please, fly us to those hard-to-reach areas.”
During her visit, Edu requested the Nigerian Air Force’s assistance in delivering relief materials and palliatives to remote and hard-to-reach areas in Nigeria. She highlighted the importance of the Nigerian Air Force’s support in making humanitarian aid accessible to all corners of the country.
Edu further sought assistance from the Nigerian Air Force for the transportation of humanitarian workers, delivery of relief materials to remote areas, and the evacuation of Nigerians from locations threatened by insecurity, both within and outside the country.
She acknowledged the challenges posed by insecurity in reaching individuals in need, such as internally displaced persons and refugees living in areas difficult to access by road. Edu expressed her ministry’s reliance on the Nigerian Air Force’s support for intelligence, security, and ensuring the success of their humanitarian efforts.
In addition, Edu pledged to include the families of deceased servicemen in her ministry’s poverty alleviation scheme and requested the deployment of air force personnel as desk officers to facilitate effective communication between the two organizations.
Air Marshall Hassan Abubakar, in response, assured the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation of the Nigerian Air Force’s cooperation and partnership in addressing critical humanitarian challenges in the country. He stressed the need for a coordinated and unified approach involving various agencies and departments to respond effectively to crises caused by conflicts, natural disasters, and displacement.
Abubakar emphasized their shared commitment to the well-being of Nigerian citizens during challenging times, expressing readiness to provide the necessary support for the success of the ministry’s efforts.