Sadiya Umar Farouq’s New Rescue Effort

– By Abdulrahman Sade

She marches on like an amazon. All vilification of the past from naysayers, she has put behind her, to address the fundamental responsibility of her public office. Sadiya Umar Faruk Honourable Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is a believer in herself, shouldering however, the onerous task of providing succour for the needy, no doubt a daunting task. In that task, you will not be able to satisfy all, you will not be able to say mission accomplished, and also, you will not be able to get praise. This is typical of a country where vagaries of the economy rob the vulnerable groups of any capacity to feign for themselves. Thus in open arms they wait for succour from a benevolent government. It is never sufficient. The needs are monstrous.  Minister Sadiya is unwavering in her commitment to deliver on President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire to address the challenges posed by vagaries in the economy, especially owing to the Covid 19 pandemic. It is a role very much misunderstood  to earn the Minister much flack from the public and especially members of the National Assembly. Happily, she has shrugged the misgivings off and is on the high road confronting her task diligently.

Recently in the North East States of Gombe Adamawa and Yobe, Minister Sadiya Umar Faruk made an impressive delivery of palliatives.  It was a bold effort to cushion the impact of the lockdown, and the subsequent downturn in the economy.
To Gombe State, the food items delivered to the State Government were:
i. Maize 840. 04 Metric tonnes (28 trailer load),
ii. Millet 105. 86 Metric tonnes (4 trailer load) and
iii. Sorghum 877. 94 Metric tonnes (29 trailer load)
A projected 36, 477 households are targeted.

To Adamawa State, the food items delivered were:
i. Maize 1,366.52 Metric tonnes (46 trailer load),
ii. Millet 172.19 Metric tonnes (6 trailer load) and
iii. Sorghum 1,428.17 Metric tonnes (48 trailer load)

And to Yobe State the food items brought to the state are:
i. Maize 957.24 Metric tonnes (32 trailer load),
ii. Millet 120.62 Metric tonnes (4 trailer load) and
iii. Sorghum 1,000.43 Metric tonnes (33 trailer load).

More important than the topical palliatives is the fact that Sadiya Umar Farouk dissected for each State the environmental challenges before them, offering options for mitigation. For Gombe, Sadiya Umar Farouk noted  that this year, the highly probable flood risk areas in Gombe State are Balanga and Yamaltu/Deba Local Government Areas; while the probable flood risk areas are Gombe, Nafada, Kwami, Dukku, Billiri and Funakaye Local Government Areas. In view of these, the Honourable Minister urged the State Government to  take proactive and necessary mitigative measures in addressing these issues, namely;
i. Directing the State Emergency Management Agency, frontline Local Government Authorities and other response Agencies to put in place preparedness actions;
ii. Carrying out public enlightenment campaigns, targeting vulnerable communities to undertake mitigation actions and prepare for evacuation to safe ground;
iii. Identifying high grounds for possible Internally Displaced Persons camps, to shelter evacuated communities;
iv. Desilting river channels and canals;
v. Removing all refuse and weeds from water channels, drainages, and all avenues for river run offs so as to allow free flow of flood waters; and
vi. Organizing State Humanitarian Coordination Forum meeting to prepare all stakeholders for mitigation and response.
vii. Prepositioning relief materials for prompt response after the flood.
In Yobe State Minister Sadiya Umar Farouk noted that this year, the highly probable flood risk areas in Yobe State is Geidam Local Government Area; while the probable flood risk areas are Bade, Busari, Karasuwa and Yunusari Local Government Areas.

To this end, the Minister urged the State Government to take proactive and necessary mitigative measures in addressing these issues, namely:
i. Directing the State Emergency Management Agency, frontline Local Government Authorities and other response Agencies to put in place preparedness actions;
ii. Carrying out public enlightenment campaigns, targeting vulnerable communities to undertake mitigation actions and prepare for evacuation to safe ground;
iii. Identifying high grounds for possible Internally Displaced Persons camps, to shelter evacuated communities;
iv. Desilting river channels and canals;
v. Removing all refuse and weeds from water channels, drainages, and all avenues for river run offs so as to allow free flow of flood waters;
vi. Organizing State Humanitarian Coordination Forum meeting to prepare all stakeholders for mitigation and response.
vii.   Prepositioning relief materials for prompt response after the flood. 

In Adamawa State, Minister Sadiya Umar Farouk drew the attention of the State Government to the fact that this year, the highly probable flood risk areas in Adamawa State are Yola North, Yola South and Lamurde Local Government Areas; while the probable flood risk areas are Numan, Guyuk and Demsa Local Government Areas.
She thus requested the State Government to also take proactive and necessary mitigative measures in addressing these issues, namely;
i. Directing the State Emergency Management Agency, frontline Local Government Authorities and other response Agencies to put in place preparedness actions;
ii. Carrying out public enlightenment campaigns, targeting vulnerable communities to undertake mitigation actions and prepare for evacuation to safe ground;
iv. Identifying high grounds for possible Internally Displaced Persons camps, to shelter evacuated communities;
v. Desilting river channels and canals;
vi. Removing all refuse and weeds from water channels, drainages, and all avenues for river run offs so as to allow free flow of flood waters;
vii. Organizing State Humanitarian Coordination Forum meetings to prepare all stakeholders for mitigation and response.
vii.     Prepositioning relief materials for prompt response after the flood. 

Anyone going through this report must applaud Minister Sadiya Umar Farouk for a task well carried out and absolutely timely for the current situation with staple foods like rice, maize, and sorghum, clearly out of the common man’s reach owing to inflation. Was the young Minister cut out for the huge task of piloting the newly carved out Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development? Its creation on August 21, 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari as a special intervention ministry for humanitarian affairs, management of disasters and social interventions was a novelty. It was given the mandate to develop humanitarian policies and provide effective coordination of national and international humanitarian interventions while ensuring strategic disaster mitigation, preparedness and response, as well as managing the formulation and implementation of equity focused social inclusion and protection programmes in Nigeria. Government harvested many agencies and social intervention programmes to form the ministry and they include the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). With time, Sadiya Umar Farouk has nudged herself perfectly into the role and delivering remarkably on her mandate.

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