The Federal Government, on Wednesday, said the eradication of poverty in Nigeria would reduce the level of insecurity witnessed across the country by over 50 per cent.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, disclosed this in Abuja while soliciting assistance from the Nigerian Air Force in the delivery of relief materials and palliatives to the hard-to-reach areas in Nigeria.
She made the request when she paid a courtesy visit to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Hassan Abubakar, at the headquarters of the Nigerian Air Force, according to a statement from her ministry.
Edu identified poverty as an enabler of insecurity which had led to humanitarian crises, adding that “when we win the war against poverty we would have won the war against insecurity by over 50 per cent. Please, fly us to those hard-to-reach areas.”
She told her host that the Nigerian Airforce would be critical to her ministry’s success in getting humanitarian aid to the nooks and crannies of Nigeria.
Edu also sought assistance to deliver humanitarian workers, relief materials to remote areas, as well as the evacuation of Nigerians from areas under threat, both within and outside the country.