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List of 7 Agencies of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (Nigeria)

Last updated on May 8th, 2024 at 05:14 am

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  1. National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons,
  2. National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA),
  3. National Senior Citizens Centre
  4. National Agency for Prohibition and Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP)
  5. North-East Development Commission (NEDC),
  6. National Commission for Persons with Disabilities
  7. National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA)

Who is the incumbent Minister of Humanitarian Affairs?

Dr Betta Edu is Nigeria’s new Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation. However, she was suspended on Monday, January 8, 2023, over the N585 million scandal proposed to be paid into a private account. She was suspended following a public outrage

Creation of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs

President Muhammadu Buhari established the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development (FMHDS) on August 21, 2019.

The name of the ministry was modified by the administration of President Bola Tinubu a few days after assumption of office. It is now known as the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

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The restructured ministry is now promising to have Humanitarian Hubs in all 774 local areas across the country.

The creation of FMHDS was one of the ways to address some of the humanitarian challenges confronting millions of Nigerians either displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast or those faced by natural disasters like floods in other parts of the country.

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As such, FMHDS came into being with the mandate to design humanitarian policies and work out quick plans to provide effective coordination of National and International humanitarian interventions in emergency periods.

On commencement, six agencies were brought under the new ministry for coordination and effective management, but it now has seven agencies while the pioneer minister was Mrs. Sadiya Farouq.

The ministry is the newest in the history of Nigeria since it gained Independence in 1960 with the mandate to coordinate all humanitarian affairs in Nigeria.

It was created by the APC-led government of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 to address the urgent needs of millions of Nigerians who are living in extreme poverty within and in other neighbouring African countries.

The pioneer minister of the ministry on Monday, October 28, 2019, was able to tell Nigerians and the rest of the World that almost half number of Nigeria’s population lives in abject poverty.

She said 90 million Nigerians live in extreme poverty, it was the first time a serving minister came out to reveal the real number of Nigerians who live in poverty when he appeared before the National Assembly Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development to defend the Ministry’s 2020 budget proposal.

The disaster level in Nigeria culminated in the creation of the ministry by President Muhammadu Buhari and moved some agencies under it.

The multi-billion naira SIP is one of the programmes that was moved under the supervision of Ms Farouq.

When there are over two million Internally Displaced Nigerians, 230,000 Nigerian refugees in Niger, Chad, and Cameroon, 45,000 refugees in Nigeria, and over 22 million persons with disabilities among others, the new ministry came at the right time.

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Mission:

  • To develop humanitarian policies
  • To provide effective coordination of National and International humanitarian interventions.
  • To implement emergency-related policies.
  • To execute human-face policies to reduce poverty.

Sub-units of NSIPA

The six agencies also have an array of programmes and units under them. For instance, the National Social Investment Office has four programmes under it. They are:

  1. Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP)
  2. N-Power
  3. Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT)
  4. Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP)

The NSIO has gulped most of the budget of the ministry.

Budgets of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs

Since the creation of the ministry, here is the yearly budgets of the Nigeria’s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs:

  • 2024: N135.89 billion
  • 2023: N382.36 billion
  • 2022: N514.74 billion
  • 2021: N465.08 billion
  • 2020: N376.61 billion

Contact details of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs

At the time of compiling this report, the official website of the ministry was under construction, but it already has a domain name.

  • Website: http://fmhds.gov.ng/
  • Twitter Handle: @FMHDSD

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