Some apparently delighted Zamfara N-Power Tech Software trainees on Tuesday at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN) waited to welcome their own – Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Nigeria, Sadiya Umar Farouq – to the training camp.
“This N-Power training programme is President Muhammadu Buhari’s gift to you as Nigerian youths: this programme is also to make you a global player as far as businesses, entrepreneurship and money making is concern.
“You are not thought to go and do internet crime. The software development training is for you to improve yourselves and capitalise on unlimited opportunities in the modern ICT world.
“As you are being trained to become software engineers, you can develop software on other spheres like health, economic, agriculture and others to become a global players.
“This is a gift to you from President Buhari, because he says he want to lift 100 million Nigerians from poverty. This is the beginning and I urge you to also train others in your remote areas.
“I learnt you are about 2,000; if each one of you pick and train one person, we will have 4,000 persons and it continues; we can achieve it.
“Let us have the passion that the President has to take Nigeria to the next level and beyond; it is never too late.
“Let us make it a collective responsibility to take Nigeria out of poverty. You can do your business here without crossing the boarders or sea,” Farouq stressed in Abuja.
Farouq was represented by Mrs Hanatu Aliyu, Permanent Secretary in the ministry.
The minister was born on November 5, 1974. She is from Zurmi local government area, Zamfara state.
She attended Federal Government Girls’ College Gusau, Zamfara state after which she proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna state where she obtained her first degree in Business administration in 1998.
She further obtained her Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy in 2008.
In 2011, she bagged a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), both from the same university.
From 2011 to 2013, Farouq occupied the position of the national treasurer of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the party on which platform President Muhammadu Buhari contested for the 2011 presidential election which he lost to former president Goodluck Jonathan.
The CPC is one of the four political parties that merged to form the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which eventually ousted Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.
She was the APC’s national treasurer from 2013 to 2014.
She was thereafter appointed as a member of the APC Presidential Campaign Council.
Farouq headed the election planning and monitoring, field operations, and fundraising committee making her play a pivotal role in the success of the party in the 2015 general elections.
She formerly headed the National Commission for refugee, migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).