The Federal Government has announced plans to include families of wounded and killed soldiers in the national social register as well as its poverty alleviation programs in the national social register.
Dr Betta Edu, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, disclosed this at a meeting with Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, on Monday in Abuja.
Edu underlined the importance of assisting military families.
”We want to expand our social register to accommodate military personnel that have either been wounded or affected by war, even soldiers that left their families behind.
“We need this data from the military so that we can have them captured under the social register,” she said.
The minister stated that she was at the defense headquarters to seek the military’s assistance in addressing humanitarian concerns across the country.
“Alleviating humanitarian crises and poverty is top most on President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
”Our preference is to discuss humanitarian crises across the nation and the need to collaborate with the military to prevent more persons coming under the humanitarian bracket.
”We also should be able to reach out effectively to those who are affected by humanitarian crises wherever they are,” she said.
In response, Gen. Musa assured the minister of the Nigerian military’s commitment to assisting her in carrying out the ministry’s job.
Musa saw the connection between military actions and humanitarian help.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the goal of the meeting was to establish a strong coalition between humanitarian efforts and the military.