Humanitarian Ministry’s Roadmap consistent with National Development Plan- Osinbajo

(9th Left) The Representative of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osibajo, the Deputy chief of staff to Mr President, Adeola Rahman Ipaye, (10th Left) the Honourable Minster of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, (8th Left) the Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed (7th Left), (8th Right) Chairman House Committe on Poverty Alleviation, Abdullahi Balarebe Salame, the Permanent Secretary of FMHADMSD, Bashir Nura Alkali, (3rd Right) Director Planning Research and Statistics, FMHADMSD, (1st Left) Deputy Director Planning Research and Statistics, FMHADMSD, Hajara Ahmed, and others, during the Official Launch of the Ministry's Strategic Roadmap 2021-2025, on the 14th February, 2022. In Abuja

The Federal Government has said that the Strategic Roadmap of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is consistent with the National Development Plan.

Speaking at the Launch of the Strategic Roadmap of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, at the State House, His Excellency, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President Mr. Adeola Rahman Ipaye said that the Ministry through its Roadmap is contributing to coherence, consistency, continuity across all sphere of governance.

According to him, “the Roadmap registers the importance of coordination across the Federal, State, and Local governments, an outcome critical for driving real transformation on the ground”.

He said that, “like all the plans and programs we recognize that the Roadmap itself will be effective only to the degree of its implementation, for the Federal Government is ready to support the program every step of the way”.

He urged all stakeholders to close ranks and collaborate with the Ministry to a socially secured nation.

Earlier, “the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq said, “to effectively execute the Presidential directives, the Ministry brainstormed and develop a strategic Roadmap for 2021 – 2025 that will serve as a guiding light towards fulfilling the ministerial mandate”.

According to her, “the Strategic Roadmap is aptly themed, “mapping out a life of dignity for all”, in line with the Ministry’s onerous task of effectively discharging responsibilities that are pivotal to the economy of the nation and the well-being the citizenry. From managing disasters, to responding to humanitarian issues and implementing social development programmes and interventions, the Ministry is well positioned to proactively deal with myriad issues, such as natural and man made disasters, social imbalance, inadequate food provision and inequitable distribution of social amenities amongst the citizenry”.

Continuing, “in formulating the 7 (seven) key strategic focal points of the Strategic Roadmap, we thoroughly analyzed the 9 (nine) key priority areas of President Buhari’s agenda, the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), and the National Development Plan that was recently launched by Mr. President on Wednesday, 22nd December 2021. The alignment of the Ministry’ strategic pillars with these operative national plans ensure that the Ministry and its stakeholders are working in the right direction towards championing the federal government’s developmental stride”.

1. The roadmap also introduced implementation, monitoring, evaluation, review and reporting mechanisms that will be deployed to ensure effective results delivery. These key performance indicators and performance tracking instruments will enable the Ministry to monitor its efficiency and measure implementation of the strategic roadmap over the five-year period 2021 – 2025. In addition, the full implementation of the strategic thrusts and the roadmap, while consolidating the Priority Areas of the Federal Government, will also guide us towards achieving the mandate of the Ministry, improving the lives of vulnerable Nigerians and mapping out a life of dignity for all.

2. The 7 (seven) Strategic Pillars that have been identified for the Ministry are as follows:

a. Strengthening Policies and Institutional Framework;
b. Building Evidence-Based Systems for Transparency and Accountability;
c. Enhancing Programme Delivery Through Effective Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanisms;
d. Optimizing Funding and Resourcing Opportunities;
e. Strategic Partnerships, Collaborations and Disability Inclusion;
f. Implementation of a Robust Humanitarian Coordination System for Improved Communication and Governance; and,
g. Mainstreaming of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Integration of Social Initiatives and Investment Programmes.

“We have provided detailed information on each of the strategic pillars – providing the background and objective, highlighting the key action plans, and identifying the key stakeholders. The roadmap has also clearly demonstrated the activities that must be carried out under the planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation phases of each strategy. Our stakeholders have been carefully mapped out and grouped into clusters and the interwoven relationship between the clusters has been clearly delineated in the roadmap”.

“It is expected that after the formal launch today, every policy, programme, initiatives and activities of our units, departments and agencies will be aligned with the Strategic Roadmap. Quarterly strategic review meetings will also be held, in line with the set targets and corresponding timelines across all units, departments and agencies supervised by the Ministry”.

The Minister said the Strategic Roadmap is a product of widespread consultation and extensive deliberations within and outside the Ministry and its agencies and expressed her appreciation to all those who contributed towards the development of the Roadmap.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Bashir Nura Alkali, in his opening remarks stated that after the launch of the Roadmap, the Ministry will over the course of the lifespan of the Roadmap, organise series of trainings and work shops for all stake holders.

“A lot of efforts have gone into envisioning and designing these sure-proof strategies and it is important that we must put all hands on
deck to see to it’s successful implementation” the Permanent Secretary added.

Dignitaries at the event include the Representative of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Minister of Information and Culture, Minister of Finance and Budget Planning, Minister of Trade and Investment, Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, Senate and House Committee Chairmen on Poverty Alleviation; IDPs and Refugees, representative of Borno State Governor, International Partners and Donors, members of the diplomatic corps, among others.

Rhoda Ishaku Iliya
Deputy Director (Information)