Hon. Sadiya Umar Faruq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Chair: Dr Leena Koni Hoffmann, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Nigeria faces significant challenges due to the impacts of widening insecurity and a worsening humanitarian and food crisis that is currently affecting the northeast of the country. The World Food Programme estimates that 3.4 million people are currently facing acute hunger in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, and that another 4.3 million are entirely dependent on food assistance from the government or multilateral organisations.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics of Nigeria, over 80 million Nigerians were already living in extreme poverty prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and while newer data remains unavailable, people’s hardships are reported to have considerably worsened during the pandemic, with significant implications for Nigeria’s long-term social development outlook and the government’s poverty reduction goals.
At this event, Nigeria’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hon. Sadiya Umar Faruq, will discuss the social development and humanitarian challenges facing Nigeria, and the government’s responses to the ongoing humanitarian and food crises in the northern region of the country.
ORGANIZER: Chatham House