Nigeria’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq has promised continued support from the federal government towards the provision of effective services to victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
The Minister said the government’s institutions would be strengthened by the government to meet the humanitarian needs of the people of the troubled region.
Farouq gave the promise in Maiduguri on Thursday while handing over 500 KVA generating set and 10,000 litres of diesel to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).
The Minister who was represented by her Special Adviser on Humanitarian Affairs, Group Captain Sadeeq Shehu (rtd), explained that the donation of the power generator was in fulfillment of her earlier pledge to the hospital during the inauguration of the Burns Center a few months ago.
Her representative said: “When we were here a few months ago to hand over the Burns Center and the Minister heard the need for a power plant to complement this very big and humanitarian project, she immediately accepted the idea of the MD NEDC that the equipment should be handed over.”
Managing Director North East Development Commission (NEDC), Alhaji Mohammed Akali said the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs has acknowledged the services being rendered by the Teaching Hospital to vulnerable people in the region.
He said: “Our visit today is very simple, just to fulfill the promise made by the Minister, I called it to promise made, promise kept and promise delivered.”
Earlier the Chief Medical Director University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Professor Ahmed Ahidjo had commended the North East Development Commission for coming to the rescue of the Hospital particularly during the power outage experienced in Maiduguri for almost one year.
Ahidjo also acknowledged the support provided by the Commission during the Covid-19 pandemic, appealing for more intervention from the ministry to enable the hospital to render more effective services.