Buhari Sets up Humanitarian Coordination Committee


*Osinbajo to inaugurate panel

Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja approved the constitution of a National Humanitarian Coordination Committee (NHCC) to oversee all humanitarian actions in the country.

The committee, which will be inaugurated by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, will be saddled with the responsibility of providing among others, a national vision for humanitarian actions, advising on coordination between the security services and humanitarian actors, and settling disputes that may arise from interactions between security services and the humanitarian community.

A statement by the president’s media adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the the committee would also be duty bound to propose policies aimed at enhancing coordination and seamless delivery of humanitarian aids to affected communities.

He listed other functions of the committee as facilitating the delivery of humanitarian interventions to vulnerable persons, and promoting transparency and accountability in all aspects of humanitarian delivery in the country.

Adesina said the committee would be chaired by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD), Hajiya Sadiya Farouk, and National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd.), as co-chairman.

He listed other members of the committee as: Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Ministers of Defence, Interior, Justice, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Inspector General of Police and governors of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.

Others are Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Permanent Secretary, FMHADMSD (Secretariat), Chairman, Non-Governmental Organization Forum, and any other person nominated by the chairman of the committee.