Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk has reiterated the commitment of her office to the welfare of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

Farouk spoke when the Coalition of NGOs on Disability paid a courtesy visit to her office in Abuja.

The minister, in a statement released on her verified Facebook page, expressed delight to host the group, represented by Leprosy Mission, CBM, Sight Savers International.

She assured the visitors that the welfare of PWDs remains a core constituency of her ministry and her office will continue to prioritise them in the various interventions.

She recalled that her first act as Minister was to appoint a Special Assistant on Special Needs.

“I am particularly gratified that the Disability Bill has been signed into Law, codifying assistance for this vulnerable group who make up 15% of our population. Their welfare is a major concern during this pandemic,” she said.

The minister however, said that she also attended the Economic Sustainability Committee meeting presided over by HE VP Prof Yemi Osinbajo on July 7th during which we strategized on the implementation of the Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan.

“I noted that as devastating as the pandemic has been it provides us an opportunity to build stronger resilience, develop early warning detection systems and institute shock responsive social safety nets that are sustainable.

“I welcome Mr. Trond Jensen, the new Head of UNOCHA Nigeria during a virtual meeting; where we discussed ongoing projects and plans for future collaborations that will expand our humanitarian interventions, especially in areas of immediate need,” she added.

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