The Federal Government has established an inter-ministerial task force to effectively confront the humanitarian challenges in the North East.
According to a statement from the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on media a and publicity, Laolu Akande, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a change in the management of the situation putting Cabinet Ministers in direct charge of sectoral coordination.
He wrote, “Before now, sectoral coordination of the humanitarian situation were managed by director-cadre ministry officials. But in a decision to upgrade and elevate the governance structure, the President has approved a modification of the structure by putting Cabinet Ministers in charge of governmental response to the humanitarian emergency caused by the insurgency in the NorthEastern part of the country.
“Specifically, an Inter-ministerial Task Force has 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 Multi-sectoral 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 mobilize the domestic, governmental and private sector resources necessary to effectively meet this challenge with the urgency it demands.”
With this new management structure, the Federal Government has given assurances to the UN and all other partners, local and international, of its readiness to effectively lead the humanitarian response, deploy adequate resources and do everything possible to mobilise a rapid response in order to save lives and restore normalcy to the affected areas.