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Humanitarian Minister gets ‘Gender Award’

The lead of the DUSUSU Award and the recipient of the 2021 Minister Gender Award, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq

The Minister of Humanitarian Affair, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq has received the 2021 Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up, DUSUSU Gender Minister award for the ministry’s efforts towards contributing positively to women development and empowerment.

At the ceremony in Abuja the Minister Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq thanked the organisers for considering her for the prestigious award designed for Gender Ministers and promised to continue uplifting women to be change makers in the society.

“The Gender Minister Award may, at first glance, seem surprising to be awarded to myself as the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. However, taken as a whole, along with all the programmes under my purview, we have made a conscious effort to mainstream gender considerations and ensure that women are enabled to be change makers in their immediate communities and beyond.

The minister noted that most of the beneficiaries of the economic buffers like Conditional Cash Transfer, Cash Transfer for Rural Women, the N-Power Scheme, Government Enterprise Empowerment Scheme and the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme were women in addition to the upcoming Alternate School Programme.

“The Alternate School Programme is very much aligned with the ethos of your DUSUSU advocacy efforts in advancing alternate global education for girls all over the world in ways that can benefit them.

The lead of DUSUSU Foundation Ms Zuriel Oduwole said that the minister was presented the award following her humanitarian role in Nigeria and contributions to the development of women, girls and children.

“The Gender Minister Award follows the collation of all the data, information, corroboration of trends, compilation of external inputs, verification of all information received, transparency of definition models and authentication of all sources in delivery by the various external audit support groups from June 2020 to July 2021.

The ceremony was witnessed by the Minister of State Education, Mr Emeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment Mariam Katagum, The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Bashir Alkali as well as staff of the Ministry and other well-wishers.

The past recipient Gender Ministers were Ghana, Rwanda, Mauritius and Jamaica while recipient First ladies include Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, Senegal, Mozambique and Cape Verde.

Reporting by Hadiza Abdulrahman, Editing by Omotola Oguneye