By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
Coalition of Nigerian Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have thrown their weight behind the activities of President Muhammadu Buhari-led government through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to reform the N-Power programme by introducing technology and creative skills aquisition components into the programme.
The Civil Society Organisations noted that the N-Power programme would undoubtly build a skilled youth population that do not have to insist on white collar jobs to earn a living.
Addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday, the spokesman of the organizations, Comrade Abdulsalam Mohammed Kazeem, said the ministry of humanitarian affairs under the leadership of Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq has worked tirelessly on a daily basis to cushion the impact of COVID-19 through unprecedented humanitarian interventions, mitigate effects on human and natural disaster while also attending to the plight of the disable.
He noted, “Our dear nation is undergoing storm and stress occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic that is changing the face of human society and it’s system from health care to education and indeed the economy.”
He added, “No reform has ever occurred without resistance either from pockets of establishment benefitting from the previous unworkable or unsustainable system or from the opposition that has vowed to castigate all the good policies and programs of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration.”
The Civil Society Organisations praised the giant strides of Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq for bringing her professional skills and wealth of experience to play in the ministry of Humanitarian affairs, adding that her experience at the commission for refugees, where she developed a strategic roadmap of action to reposition the commission as the lead government agency responsible for the coordination, protection and assisting of person concern, implemented a standardized procedures for utilizing research, data gathering and planning for resettling, rehabilitating, reintegrating and remitting.
The Civil Society Organisations commended the Minister and her team for successfully flagging off the Batch C Npower enrolment exercise, which is registering over 100 applications per second and over 1.3 millions Nigerians have so far applied in less than 72 hours.
“The feedback we are getting from youths across the country has been very positive and the Ministry has remained responsive to all the minor challenges arising from the registration while also giving regular updates via its various social media platforms,” the spokesman explained.
He added, “We are meant to understand that collaborative effort is being coordinated by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster management and Social Development to enable those who would be trained to access start ups at the end of their training.”
To assist the physically challenged persons, the Civil Society Organisations further explained that the Ministry under the able leadership of Hajiya Sadiya has reopened the Nigeria Farm craft Center for the Blind after two years of closure, stressing that forty trainees have so far been trained at the centre.
The organisations said the Ministry has also seeked and got President Muhammadu Buhari to Sign the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities Prohibition Act into law.
The coalition said that they have also received positive response from beneficiaries of the Modified Home Grown School Feeding Program that was implemented in Abuja and Lagos States during the lockdown period despite desperate attempts by the nay sayers to sabotage the exercise.
“We equally advice all those with misplaced venom to stop their road show, brash utterances, selfish motives, to limit their mischief and have the courage to appreciate all the good things she has come to represent in her job to the nation,” the coalition observed.
The coalition thanked the leadership of the National Assembly for the support they gave the ministry of humanitarian affairs for making the N-Power and other programmes meant to enhance the living standards of the teeming youth in the country by giving them a sense of belonging.