FG To Include Families Of Injured, Fallen Soldiers In Social Register
Written by Teniola Akerele on September 5, 2023
The Federal Government has unveiled plans to include families of wounded and fallen soldiers in the national social register and its poverty alleviation programmes.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, made this known during a meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, on Monday, in Abuja.
Edu expressed the need to support families of deceased soldiers.
She said, ”We want to expand our social register to accommodate military personnel that have either been wounded or affected by war even soldiers that left their families behind.
“We need this data from the military so that we can have them captured under the social register,” she said.
The minister said she was at the defence headquarters to solicit the support of the Nigerian military to tackle humanitarian crises across the country.
“Alleviating humanitarian crises and poverty is the top most of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
”Our preference is to discuss humanitarian crises across the nation and the need to collaborate with the military to prevent more persons coming under the humanitarian bracket.
”We also should be able to reach out effectively to those who are affected by humanitarian crises wherever they are.
”So that our humanitarian workers should be able to reach the people wherever they are with the support of the military,” she said.
In his response, Gen. Musa, assured the minister of the Nigerian military commitment to support her towards achieving the mandate of the ministry.
Musa, who acknowledged the link between military operations and humanitarian aid, said the success of any organisation directly benefit military efforts.
While assuring the minister of his unwavering commitment towards her humanitarian mission, the defence chief was optimistic that the collaboration would yield positive results.