Ministry of Humanitarian and Disaster Management

Headed by: Aondowase Kunde

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management ideally has the following key responsibilities:

  1. Disaster Preparedness and Planning: Develop comprehensive disaster preparedness plans, including early warning systems, evacuation strategies, and community education to minimize the impact of disasters.
  2. Emergency Response Coordination: Coordinate and lead emergency response efforts during disasters, ensuring prompt and effective deployment of resources, personnel, and relief assistance to affected areas.
  3. Humanitarian Aid Distribution: Manage the fair and efficient distribution of humanitarian aid, including food, shelter, medical assistance, and other essential services to vulnerable populations during crises.
  4. Social Intervention Programs: Implement programs aimed at addressing poverty, inequality, and social vulnerabilities, such as cash transfer initiatives, skills development, and education support.
  5. Rehabilitation and Recovery: Oversee post-disaster rehabilitation and recovery efforts to restore communities, infrastructure, and livelihoods, facilitating long-term resilience.
  6. Policy Formulation: Develop and recommend policies related to humanitarian affairs and disaster management, ensuring alignment with national and international standards.
  7. Capacity Building: Enhance the capacity of local communities, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations in disaster management and humanitarian response through training and awareness programs.

  8. Community Engagement: Actively engage with local communities to understand their needs, concerns, and vulnerabilities, incorporating community input into decision-making processes.

  9. Partnership and Collaboration: Collaborate with national and international organizations, NGOs, and other stakeholders to leverage resources, expertise, and support for effective humanitarian and disaster management.

  10. Monitoring and Evaluation: Establish mechanisms for continuous monitoring and evaluation of disaster management and humanitarian programs to assess effectiveness and make informed adjustments.

  11. Advocacy and Awareness: Advocate for policies that prioritize disaster risk reduction and humanitarian assistance, and raise public awareness about disaster preparedness and response.

    These responsibilities collectively have contributed to the ministry’s ability to proactively address disasters, respond effectively during crises, and foster long-term resilience and well-being within the population of Benue State.