Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has takeover in charge of the federal government’s Social Investment Programmes (SIP).
The Minister, who made this known via Twitter on Monday, said she met with Maryam Uwais, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment for crucial briefing on the programme.
It was reports that until October 1, the SIP was being coordinated by the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
But, in his Independence Day broadcast, President Buhari had announced that the newly-created ministry would be in charge of the scheme.
“Our ongoing N500 billion Special Intervention Programme continues to target these vulnerable groups, through the Home-grown School Feeding Programme, Government Economic Empowerment Programme, N-Power Job Creation Programme, loans for traders and artisans, Conditional Cash Transfers to the poorest families and social housing scheme,” he had said.
“To institutionalize these impactful programmes, we created the Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development which shall consolidate and build on our achievements to date. To the beneficiaries of these programmes, I want to reassure you that our commitment to social inclusion will only increase.”
The minister, who was out of the country for a UN campaign against poverty, tweeted pictures of the meeting with Uwais.
“It is a busy week. #MovingForward, I met with the SSA to @MBuhari on @NSIP_NG.
“She briefed me on the activities, programmes, achievements and challenges of the establishment.
” NSIP manages Social Investment Programmes in Nigeria & is presently under the purview of the @FMHDSD,” she tweeted.
Meanwhile. Newsflash247 had earlier reported that there were rumours that the president would take the minister as second wife. Pictures and videos were all over social media.
Sadiya Umar Farouq has been at the centre of a viral rumour that President Buhari would on Friday, October 11, marry a second wife.
The peddlers of the fake news claimed that the president would be marrying the minister after Jumat service on Friday.
Newflash247 had earlier reported that presidential spokesman Femi Adesina has debunked the fake story.
However, beyond the raging wedding rumour which has been put to rest, especially with the arrival of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, from the United Kingdom where she had been for about two months, many do not know who Sadiya Umar Farouq really.