Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk with stakeholders marking the World Humanitarian Day 2020. Photo: Taibat Ajiboye
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq has assured International organisations of safety and protection of aid workers in the country.
Hajiya Sadiya who gave the assurance at a joint media briefing commemorating World Humanitarian Day and the Ministry’s first anniversary, commended the aid workers for their services to humanity in spite of the risks involved and pledged government continued collaboration to address humanitarian challenges in the country.
The Minister thanked workers under the Ministry and Agencies for their dedication to duty as well as International organisation for continuous support towards humanitarian assistance and other stakeholders for their respective roles.
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, represented by the Head, United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Mr. Trond Jensen reminded the government to renew commitment to international law towards protection humanitarian workers.
Senior Humanitarian Officer of ECOWAS, Alozie Godfrey assured of the Commission’s continuous collaboration with member states and partners to promote the protection of humanitarian workers and also continue to respond to the plights of the affected population through the donation of non-food items to reduce the sufferings of the vulnerable.
Heads of agencies under the Ministry reiterated their commitment towards enabling the Ministry to achieve its mandate and finding lasting solutions to the humanitarian crisis.
World Humanitarian Day is celebrated every 19th of August, annually to pay tributes to aid workers who risk their lives to save others. The theme for this year is “Real Life Heroes”.