…..Extols the works of NGOs
As a public servant, especially one tasked with presiding over a ministry like the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development every day present a unique and peculiar set of challenges.
This week has been excruciatingly tasking as we awaited the safe return of students, staff & family members of Govt. Technical College, Kagara in Niger State & the over 300 girls taken from Govt. Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Talata Marafa LGA in my home state of Zamfara.
It was a week of prayers and one spent hoping against hope that the children would be found and returned safely to their parents. We also prayed that they would return and quickly overcome the trauma.
I want to acknowledge the untiring efforts of the security agencies as well as the state and non-state actors who made their release and return possible.
We live in fraught times & I look forward to when our children would be safe at home & in school because as I noted earlier in the week
these attacks on schools are a slap on the face of education & progress because education is critical to making a better & progressive society.
On Wednesday I attended the Federal Executive Council meeting alongside other cabinet-level colleagues. The meeting was presided over by HE President @MBuhari at the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja.
During the meeting, the council observed a minute silence in honour of former Kwara State Military Administrator retired Brig.- Gen. Ahmed Aboki Abdallah, who died recently. He was also a former Minister of Communications & later Minister of Social Development, Youth & Sports.
On Saturday I joined the world in commemorating #WorldNGODay which is celebrated in more than 89 countries. The day is significant in highlighting the critical humanitarian work the #NGOs carry out in our increasingly fraught world.
In extolling the work they do, I noted that NGOs continue to play a critical role in the sustenance of humankind, especially during the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The importance of NGO workers and their selflessness for the betterment of our society, country, and the world at large cannot be overemphasized. And for that, I salute them.
Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.