Humanitarian Affairs Minister pledges support to POWA in school feeding, GEEP, others

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has pledged to support the Police Officers’ Wives Association of Nigeria (POWA) in the empowerment of its members through the Social Safety Nets.

According to a statement made available to Blueprint Thursday in Abuja by Nneka Ikem Anibeze, her SA Media, the Minister made the pledge when the management and executive members of POWA, led by its national President, Hajiya Hajara Usman Alkali Baba, paid her a courtesy visit in Abuja on Thursday.

Umar Farouq urged the members to key into the National Home Grown School Feeding for pupils in public primary schools (primary 1-3 ) and also apply for interest free loans for vulnerable women in their communities through the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).

“An Association like POWA is very critical to the society, especially when it comes to improving the lives of women and children. I believe that there are many areas that we can collaborate. As you are aware, the mandate of the ministry is to provide interventions to the poor and vulnerable in the country and those affected by disasters.

“One of these intervention programmes that is significant to the partnership we are going to have with your association is the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), where we have four flagship empowerment programmes. We will look at how we can incorporate the Police Children’s school into the School Feeding programme. That is already in the pipeline. We also provide soft loans for market women through the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP. The women in the Mammy market and barracks can also benefit from these interest free loans; in order to boost their capital.

“The N-Power programme for graduate and non-graduate will also be of immense value to the youths in the barracks as this will also help them to acquire life skills. Most of all, we will like to partner with POWA in the Alternate School Programme (ASP), to ensure that all children are empowered with basic education wherever they are.”

Earlier, the POWA President commended the Minister for her effective management of massive humanitarian challenges faced by the nation; due to banditry, militancy and terrorism.

“Considering the harsh realities of climate change, economic downturn, Covid-19 pandemic, insurgency, banditry amongst others, women are the most vulnerable in humanitarian challenges, disaster and social wrongs and it is on this note we have come to solicit your support and partnership with POWA,” she said.

Hajiya Hajara also sought the provision of COVID-19- palliatives and provision of soft loans for vulnerable women in the barracks to cushion the effect of the pandemic.

She also promised that the palliatives, if given to them, will be deployed judiciously to support families of officers who are at the forefront of safeguarding the nation.

“We hope that this will strengthen the bond of friendship between POWA and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs in building the Nigeria of our dreams,” the POWA President said.

Those who accompanied Hajiya Hajara Usman Alkali Baba on the courtesy visit included the wives of the Deputy Inspectors- General of Police, wives of the Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and wives of Commissioners of Police.

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