Betta Edu, Nigeria’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, has reaffirmed President Bola Tinubu’s resolve to alleviate the country’s humanitarian crises and poverty.
On Sunday, the minister’s media adviser, Rasheed Olanrewaju, released a statement confirming the news.
The statement claims that with the launch of phase two of the Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operations (YESSO) and the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) Programmes, the Federal Government has taken over responsibility for the initiatives.
Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operations, according to NAN, is a social safety net program that helps disadvantaged young people gain access to the labor market.
Internally displaced persons (IDPs), the destitute, and the vulnerable all get cash transfers as part of the program.
The Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) is a similar program that funds initiatives to improve the lives of marginalized communities and individuals.
Education, health care, rural electrification, safe drinking water, transportation, social and economic development, preservation of the natural world, and affordable housing all get special attention.
The message went on to say that the World Bank was behind the initiatives as well.
The statement claims that President Tinubu, through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, has implemented the World Bank’s plans for sustainability following the conclusion of Phase One of YESSO and CSDP.
According to the document, a national daily’s coverage on the Minister’s recent appointments to the programs was unnecessary and deceptive.
Furthermore, contrary to what the paper falsely claimed, the programs were not terminated.
Putting suitable mechanisms in place before the successful take-off of the second phase of the plan to assure goal delivery and attract even more development partners was deemed necessary by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation under Dr. Edu, hence the recent appointments.
As of recently, the Federal Government has taken full control of both programs through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
According to the programs’ approved sustainability plans, the National Social Safety Net office will pay for their launch.
The 2.0 CSDP and Yesso programmes were “born” as a result of a new strategy “to change the programme structure for effective delivery based on the new mandate given to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation,” the document explained.