Umar Farouq advocates strengthening the organizational structure and service delivery within the humanitarian ministry

By Chimezie Godfrey

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has called for a better update of the mandate of the humanitarian ministry.

The minister made the call while declaring open a two-day management retreat for staff and agencies of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

In his speech delivered at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja,
Minister Umar Farouq noted that natural disasters and man-made crises across the country have had a negative impact on the lives and well-being of many Nigerians, hence the need for the ministry to look to strengthening the organizational structure of the ministry for better service delivery.

“This exercise is the assembly of the staff of the humanitarian sector intended to reflect on the means of improving the updating of the mandate of the ministry. It is also a period of assessment and deciphering to under-study the level of implementation and impact of the various programs of the Ministry, including the National Social Investment Programs (PNLS).

“I salute the leadership of our various agencies, departments and units who have worked tirelessly to ensure that poor and vulnerable members of society are provided with a lasting sense of belonging to the country.

“As you gather to discuss ways to improve departmental productivity, I am confident that it will not be a wasted effort. I therefore encourage you to demonstrate a serious commitment to this retreat and come up with a standard communiqué that will recommend ways to strengthen the ministry’s organizational structure and service delivery compact”.

In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, mni. NPOM noted that the internal event is designed to assess the achievements, shortcomings and challenges of the ministry since its inception.

“This auspicious gathering of senior staff from across the humanitarian sector is intended as a real platform for reflection and review of the progress made so far.

“We have therefore gathered here to critically examine our modus operandi, identify existing shortcomings and propose lasting solutions to them.

“We will also review the organizational structure of the ministry as approved by the Office of the Head of the Federation Civil Service with a view to strengthening it for effective and efficient service delivery.”

The Ministry’s Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Mr. Ralph Oraeluno, said during the context of the retreat that the aim was to allow participants to assess the progress made so far. by the ministry.

“We are here as essential actors in the humanitarian sector for two days to review and assess our journey so far. How we got out of it, possible shortcomings and proposing solutions to them in order to continue to achieve our objectives.

“We are expected to find solutions to issues that may be presented here by departments, agencies and units that tend to militate against their productivity.
“It is also a period of relaxation in order to muster more strength for the great task ahead of the ministry in handling humanitarian issues in Nigeria.”

Goodwill messages were delivered by representatives of the National Emergency Management Agency, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Displaced Persons, the Commission for Persons with Disabilities and the Office of the Assistant President’s Senior Special for Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs).

The retreat themed “Enhancing Social Inclusion to Improve the Living Standards of Nigerians” ends on Friday.

Aubrey L. Morgan