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FG Recruits, Deploys Humanitarian Workers To Troubled Zones



— Plans To Cut Response Time In Plateau, Other Conflict Areas


Betta Edu, Nigeria’s Minister on Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, says that recruitment of humanitarian workers for conflict/internal displacement zones begins on Monday next week.

She made this disclosure on Friday in Abuja, signifying a shift from how things were done in the ministry under the previous minister.

Edu’s predicessor, Sadiya Umar Farouq, is currently a subject of intense investigation over missing money meant for the ministry up to the tune of N30 billion.

But the new minister says she intends to do things differently, making government humanitarian intervention better felt.

Dr Edu, on her first day of resumption as Minister that that her Ministry will create jobs for millions of Nigeria.

“Our new year plan will be hiring temporal Humanitarian aid workers and deploying them to every  location where there are humanitarian crises, going forward,” she said.

According to her, the plan is to further reduce unemployment and also improve response time and the quality of responses in the days ahead.

“These people will be hired for three months in the first instance, and if the crisis is protracted, they may be made to stay 6 months or one year maximum. She said that persons who have skills and experience working in humanitarian crisis situations will have greater advantages.

“To improve on inclusiveness, members of the public who wish to apply may do so as a written application to the department of Humanitarian Affairs or as an online application ( portal link will be published by Monday). Application for the job is totally free,” the Minister stated.

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Edu said, “In line with the President’s directives, more relief materials have arrived Barkin Ladi, Bokkos, and Mangu LGAs of Plateau state. Communities are expected to work with the security agencies on the ground to ensure protection and fair distribution of items to all affected. They include both food and none food items as part of humanitarian response.



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