Sadiya Umar Farouq

Sadiya Umar Farouq (born 5 November 1974) is a Nigerian politician who served as the Pioneer Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.[1][2]

Sadiya Umar Farouq
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Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development
In office
21 August 2019 – 29 May 2023
Appointed byMuhammadu Buhari
Preceded byPosition Established
Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons
In office
September 2016 – July 2019
Personal details
Born (1974-11-05) 5 November 1974 (age 48)
Zurmi, Zamfara State
Political partyAll Progressives Congress
EducationAhmadu Bello University

Appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2019,[3] Farouq is by age the youngest minister in the current federal cabinet. She served as Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) from October 2016 to August 2019.

Her work with President Buhari dates back to Buhari's days as the leader and presidential candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change when Farouq was the national treasurer of CPC and later national treasurer of the All Progressives Congress.[1]


Saadiya Umar Farouk born on 5 November 1974 in Zurmi, Local Government Area of Zamfara State. She attended Federal Government Girls College Gusau, Zamfara State, and later proceed to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where she graduated with a BSc in business administration in 1998 and also successfully completed her master's degree MSc in the same university in international affairs and diplomacy in 2008 and another master's in business administration MBA in 2009.[4]

Early careerEdit

Saadiya Umar Farouk underwent her one-year mandatory service year at the National Assembly, where she was also employed as an administrator at the National Assembly service Commission as an administrative officer 2 in 2003 where she rose to the position of principal administrator officer. From 1999 to 2000 Saadiya Umar Farouk served under the Senate committee on Aviation and works will the Senate committee on Appropriation. She also worked as the operation manager at the Pinnacle Travel Tours Ltd a Nigerian travel agency between 2001 and 2003.

Political careerEdit

Saadiya Umar Farouk resigned from the National Assembly Commission to officially join politics as a member of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), where she rose to become the national treasurer of the CPC, which dissolved into a new party. Saadiya Umar Farouk became the interim national treasurer of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from 2013 to 2014. She was appointed as a member of the APC's presidential campaign council, where she served as the director of election planning and monitoring, field operations, and fundraising, in preparation for the 2015 general election which Buhari, as the presidential candidate of the APC, won.[5]

Political AppointmentEdit

On September 26, 2016, Saadiya Umar Farouk was appointed as the Honourable Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI). On August 21, 2019, Saadiya Umar Farouk was appointed as the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster management, president move the National social investment (N- SIP) to the office of minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management.[6]

Major Achievement In OfficeEdit

Saadiya Umar Farouk has several achievement since the creation of the ministry of humanitarian affairs and disaster management in August 2019 , it is on record that at least 20 million Nigerians have so far been empowered through various social investment Programmes and initiatives of the ministry. It is also on record that under the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, a total of 9.9 million children from primary 1 to 3 in public schools nationwide are currently being feed one hot Nutrition, 126,000 benefiting cooks for in the ( NHGSFP).In the area of the youth empowerment and upliftment, the ministry has been able to upskill about 1,664,774 youths in the graduate and nongraduated Programmes under the N-power scheme. In early July 2022 the Saadiya Umar Farouk flagged of the cash grant for vulnerable group in Oshogbo, Osun State. As Honourable minister she provides Leadership in the development of humanitarian policies and the effective coordination of National and international humanitarian intervention: ensure strategic disaster mitigation, preparedness and response and managed the formulation and implementation of fair focused social inclusion and protection Programmes in Nigeria in line with the ministry. Before her appointment as a minister Saadiya Umar Farouk has a track record as the honourable federal commissioner of the national Commission for refugees, migrants and internally displaced person (NCFRMI) . She drew up a new strategic roadmap of action to reposition the Commission to take the leading role as Nigeria's humanitarian organisation and bring the Commission activities to world standard. The new strategic roadmap of the Commission focused on the total provision of durable solution to person of concern while emphasizing the establishment of standardised procedures for utilizing research, data gathering and planning for resetting, rehabilitating, reintegrating, and readmitting all persons that full within the Commission.[7]Her office has been working hand-in-hand National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, headed by Mr. James Lalu, to ensure inclusiveness of the more than 30 million disabied people in matters affecting the country and its people. Hence she commissioned the National Disability Electronic Certificate Production Centre located at the Persons With Diasbility Complex in Abuja.[8]

Award And RecognitionEdit

  • Africa's leading woman in Humanitarian Service Award [1]
  • Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service.[2]
  • National Humanitarian response to covid-19 Award.[3]
  • Merit Award from Yusuf Maitama Sule University.
  • Dususu Gender Minister Award.[4]
  • Daily Trust African Award.
  • Award of Excellence from Kano University.


  1. ^ a b "Hajiya "Sadiya Umar Farouq" biography: Buhari youngest cabinet minister profile". BBC News Pidgin. 10 October 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  2. ^ "FG will address plight of poor, vulnerable Nigerians despite economic challenges – Minister". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 25 October 2021. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Sadiya Farouq: Group lauds Buhari's appointment of Minister". Vanguard News. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  4. ^ Ebhota-Akoma, Eseohe (23 July 2019). "What you should know about Ministerial nominee: Sadiya Umar Farouq". Daily Trust. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  5. ^ "the guardians special focus on Nigeria's most outstanding and impact full women in leadership". Guardian. 4 October 2022. Retrieved 4 October 2022.
  6. ^ "Ministerial scorecard for sadiya Farouk, a tenure dogged by controversies". premiumtimes Nigeria. 28 August 2022. Retrieved 28 August 2022.
  7. ^ "sadiya Umar Farouq and burden of success". Vanguard. 4 October 2022. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  8. ^ Oyeyemi, Tunji (8 December 2021). "Umar Farouq Commissions National Disability Electronic Certificate Production Centre, 4 Others, at Disability Commission". Federal Ministry of Information and Culture. Retrieved 7 February 2023.

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