The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Thursday, inaugurated a planning committee for the forthcoming Nigerian International Humanitarian Summit scheduled for October 16-19.
The committee members were drawn from the ministry, Brevity Anderson Consultancy, The Presidency and North East Development Commission, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Senior Citizens Centre, National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, among others.
While inaugurating the committee in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary, Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, represented by the Director of Humanitarian Affairs in the ministry, Alhaji Ali Grema, implored the committee members to be committed in carrying out their given tasks.
He said: “As you are aware, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the hosting of the Nigeria International Humanitarian Summit scheduled to hold from the 16 to 19 of October at the State House Banquet Hall and the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja.
“Buhari has also graciously confirmed his participation at this important event. The summit is expected to showcase the tremendous achievements of this administration in the humanitarian sector. It would also have in attendance members of the Federal Executive Council, top government functionaries, distinguished Nigerians and other humanitarian actors both national and international that are operating in Nigeria.
“I am happy that, so far, our partners Brevity Anderson, had already achieved some milestones in preparation for the successful hosting of the summit. We must, therefore, ensure that all other pending issues are adequately prepared for and concluded one week before the commencement date of the summit.”
Also speaking, the Chairman of the committee and Director of Planning Research and Statistics (PRS) in the ministry, Mr Peter Nwakpe, said it was the first time the ministry would be organising such summit, assuring the ministry will do its best to deliver.