The essence of the Ministry Of Humanitarian Affairs

By Salisu Na’inna Dambatta

The establishment of the multi-purpose Ministry of Humanitarian , Disaster Management and Social Development by President Muhammadu Buhari August 21st, 2019, is aimed at using the Ministry as a tool for implementing policies achieve good goals designed have positive impact the wellbeing of millions of Nigerians

For is common knowledge that the country a humanitarian crisis in the North East, where millions of Nigerians were negatively affected by the long, medium-intensity Boko Haram insurgency. They recently attacked civilians at a military checkpoint in Auna village, just 20 kilometers Maiduguri the Damaturu-Maiduguri highway.

The insurgents massacred scores of innocent travellers at the scene, reportedly abducted others, destroyed nearly 20 vehicles and caused a national grief and an outpouring of condemnation.

President Muhammadu Buhari was so touched as a humane leader whose administration succeeded in rolling back the insurgents by degrading their fighting capability that he directly flew into Maiduguri from an African Union summit in Addis Ababa. He immediately swung into action, commiserated with the families of the victims, the government and people of Borno state. He had engagement with the Borno State Governor, the Shehu of Borno and Borno elders. He assured them in particular and the nation in general that the Boko Haram insurgents would be defeated by the armed forces.

He directed the Minister of Humanitarian , Disaster Management and Social Development to swing into action and visit Auno, render initial early assistance and commence the process of providing succour to families of the victims and those who lost property during the hideous attack.

In addition to the disruptive and destructive effects of insurgency the peace and tranquility in most states of the geopolitical  zone, the drying up and shrinking of the Lake Chad destroyed the livelihoods of millions of farmers, fisherman, pastoralists and a multitude of other people who make  their living from the value chains of the three disrupted life lines. This disastrous consequence on families.

The degrading of otherwise fertile soil into wasteland by desertification, the turning of a plains into sand dunes in the Borno and Yobe portions of the North East, are additional effects of change which worsened the impact of the death of Lake Chad on the people living in that part of country.

While studies based on reliable indices rated the North East as the geopolitical zone with the highest number and concentration of the poorest households in Nigeria, is good to hear that the Ministry of Humanitarian , Disaster Management and Social Development is devising strategies to squarely work to mitigate the numerous Humanitarian issues there and in other parts of country.

Indeed, cases of humanirian issues not necessarily caused by insurgency exist in other parts of the country. The displacement of communities by bandits and communal clashes in the North West, the North Central, South South and the South East, are equally catastrophic.

The fact that the Ministry is a specialised institution with qualified staff to design, coordinate or implement policies and strategies to mitigate the impact of man made and natural disasters, is a source of solace for Nigerians.

The pioneer , Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk, the Permanent Secretary and Directors of the Ministry are in a vintage position to watch over and ensure that the agencies and under the purview of the Ministry perform optimally to make the desired impact on the wellbeing of Nigerians.

The Agencies and supervised and coordinated by the Ministry are the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs; the National Emergency Management Agency and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons. The rest are the North East Development Commission; the Sustainable Development Goals; the National Social Investment Programme, the vital Department of Rehabilitation for People with Disabilities and the Social Welfare Department which were in the defunct Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

The activities of these agencies, and developments are designed to touch lives positively and improve the well-being of those adversely affected by natural, man-made or technological incidents.

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