By Ere-ebi Agedah Imisi
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, has noted that the Federal Government has expanded its social register and social database to include military persons that are either affected by war, injured or even killed.
The Minister stated this when she visited the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher G. Musa at the Defence Headquarters on Monday, in Abuja.
According to the Minister, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is committed to preventing and mitigating any humanitarian crises while responding to present issues appropriately, thus the need to improve security and reduce poverty.
While requesting for data from the military, Edu noted that there was need for collaborative work between her Ministry and the Nigerian military as she requested for the Military’s intervention in the management of humanitarian crises in the country.
The Minister added that insecurity increases humanitarian crises and poverty, hence the need for the Militarys backing to prevent, mitigate, and reintegrate those affected back into the society.
Furthermore, She noted that there was a need for military support for humanitarian workers to provide services to persons affected by humanitarian crises wherever they are and also protect displaced persons and refugees across the country.
“We also want to expand our social register and social database to accommodate military persons that are either affected by war and injured or even killed, leaving their families behind.
“We need these data from the military so as to capture them under the social register and can benefit from poverty alleviation programmes while touching lives in their millions. The President target is to see that Nigerians are brought out of humanitarian crises and poverty in Nigeria, ” she said.
In his remarks, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher G. Musa said there is always a link between poverty and crime, and the military believes that once the Ministry succeeds, it makes their job easier and better.
“We assure the Minister of all the support she needs, wherever they want to go, and whatever the logistics that need to be done, we are going to provide that.
” We are also happy that the barrack community will also be considered, which is critical. The troops’ morale will be high knowing that in case of any emergency, their families will also be considered in the poverty alleviation programs. I can assure you we will give you all the support and work together to achieve success, ” General Musa stated.