The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, has lauded the interventions of the UN Population Fund in Nigeria and other organisations for their support to vulnerable persons in Borno state.
Edu made the commendation in an interview newsmen in Maiduguri, after an interaction with some displaced women and survivors of Gender-Based Violence at the UNFPA One Stop Centre at Muna camp, Maiduguri.
The minister, who inspected items being made by the survivors and other vulnerable women after they were provided with entrepreneurship training and other reproductive health support at the centre, said UNFPA and other UN agencies are doing a lot in complementing government’s effort.
She said that she was in Borno as part of her first engagement outside Abuja to assess what was going on and how Federal Government could support the state, particularly in humanitarian response and poverty alleviation.
She added that eight million people were affected by insurgency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, saying “we want to provide a more resilient system so we don’t have people that are permanently displaced or depend on handout for life.