Humanitarian ministry sets up Transition handing over committee

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By Joyce Remi-Babayeju

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has set up Transition Handing Over Notes, and Collation and Committee, in line with the Presidential Transition Council directive.

The Committee was inaugurated by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr.Nasir Sani Gwarzo at the Ministry’s Conference Room Federal Secretariat Abuja.

The Permanent Secretary stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a Presidential Transition Council, for facilitating and managing the 2023 transition programme, adding that the President has also signed the Executive Order No. 14 of 2023 on the Facilitation and Management of the Presidential Transitions on 9th February 2023 and directed that the Council to be inaugurated by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on 14th February 2023.

Sani- Gwarzo explained that the Presidential Executive Order No. 14 of 2023 entails an institutionalization of a legal framework to enable a seamless transition of power from one Presidential Administration to another.

The Permanent Secretary said, “in view of the above, it has become necessary for the Ministry to set up a Ministerial Committee for the collation and development the Handing Over Notes of the entire Humanitarian Sector and come up with a Transition Plan to enable the Ministry interface with the Presidential Transition Council which will be rather soon. Therefore, it is important to Note that time is of the essence here.”

He said this committee is expected to ensure the collation and harmonization of the Handing Over Notes from all Departments, Agencies and Programmes under the supervision of the, Ministry in the approved Template.

The committee has 3 weeks to submit the first draft on Tuesday, 28th March 2023.

The Committee is led by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, while the Director Planning Research and Statistics, Mr. Peter Nwakpa is the Secretary.

Dr. Sani-. Gwarzo urged members to ensure their submissions are in line with the approved template.

Director of Planning Research and Statistics Mr. Peter Nwakpa noted that the 2023 Presidential Elections has just been concluded and President has inaugurated a Transition Council and enforced it with Executive Order No 14 of 2023 for the Institutionalization of a legal framework to ensure a seamless transition of power.

Having done that we find it very necessary in the Ministry to Constitute a Transition Committee so that we’ll be able to carry out all that is required of us, he said.

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