THE Federal Government, today, said its target is not just to eradicate poverty, but to also prevent Nigerians from sliding into poverty.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, disclosed this in Maiduguri, Borno State, during a two-day working visit to the state, according to a statement issued in Abuja by her Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Rasheed Zubair.
The minister, who was received by the Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, said the President, Bola Tinubu, had vowed to minimise humanitarian crisis and eliminate poverty in Nigeria, as this was in fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 2.
Edu stated, “It is important that the humanitarian ministry renews its partnership with the state and leverage on the state’s successes and experience to find better ways of doing things.
“The ministry under me will not only aim at eliminating poverty, but it shall also provide safety nets to prevent Nigerians from going under the poverty line.”
She informed the governor that the Federal Government was committed to returning Nigerian refugees and migrants to their various homes by 2024.