By Ebitonye Akpodigha
A change in the management of the humanitarian situation in the North-East has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The new format now puts Ministers in direct charge of coordination of the programme.
Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, explained in a statement that before now, coordination of the humanitarian situation was managed by civil servants on the level of Director.
He said that an inter-ministerial task force had been established by the President to coordinate the response and work with humanitarian agencies to support the governments and other structures in the affected states.
In the task force, each sector will now be led by a minister while the entire task force is led by the Ministry of Budget and
National Planning, which will now coordinate and mobilise the domestic, governmental and private sector resources necessary to effectively meet this challenge with the urgency it demands.
“The Ministers who will now personally supervise their ministry’s role in the newly modified governance structure include Ministers of Health, Interior, Women Affairs, Agriculture and Water Resources,” Mr Akande said.