Alkali assumes duty as Perm Sec, Humanitarian Affairs ministry



Bashir Nura Alkali has assumed duty as the new Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

During the handing and taking over ceremony in the ministry Wednesday, the new Permanent Secretary expressed gratitude to the Minister,  Sadiya Umar Farouq,  directors and the entire staff of the ministry for the warm reception  and promised to provide necessary support towards the realisation of the mandate of the ministry.

Alkali also solicited the cooperation of all staff in addressing the challenges faced by the ministry, saying he would not work with a divided house or factions.

“I am already aware of some of the issues affecting the ministry, which borders on office space and resources to carry out many activities. However, I want to assure you all that we will pull through together. I want to count on your support to achieve our objectives,” he said.

On his part, the Director Overseeing Office of the Permanent Secretary, Grema Ali Alhaji, on behalf of the Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq, and the entire staff of the ministry welcomed the new Permanent Secretary.

In his handover speech, Grema noted that the ministry was created via presidential pronouncement on August 21st, 2019, with one of its mandates being to take charge in the coordination of humanitarian response and interventions in Nigeria.

He added that, since the establishment of the ministry, the minister, with the support of the staff, has worked assiduously towards ensuring that the ministry is well positioned to carry out its responsibilities.

He stated that some of the challenges faced by the ministry at the beginning include institutional, administrative and funding problems and most of these challenges have been solved or are being resolved,  assuring the new Permanent Secretary of the full support and cooperation of all staff of the ministry in carrying out his duties.

“A coordinated approach and coherence in carrying out interventions is receiving deserved attention through the instrumentality of the approved organogram received from the office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation,” he added.

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