The federal government has called for the adoption of coherent, cohesive and coordinated approach in reporting humanitarian crises.
The minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq disclosed this during a Communications Consultative Forum with Partners, Stakeholders and Experts yesterday in Abuja.
Farouq stressed that humanitarian crises, disasters and social issues are complex in nature, adding that “communicating these complexities to multiple players and the public requires the adoption of a coherent, cohesive and coordinated approach.”
Speaking further, she said the approach requires communication solutions that provide information, advisories and guidance across a broad range of issues to all groups, partners, stakeholders, people of concern and public within the mandate of the ministry, and the agencies under its supervision and other stakeholders.
“This is why the Ministry continues to work assiduously to ensure our communications activities go beyond duty-bound approaches to more intentional and intrinsic connections with all stakeholders, partners and the public with the aim of increasing the Ministry’s visibility and awareness margin thus leading to effective implementation of the Ministry’s mandate at all levels,” she said.
Farouq said the Ministry remained resolute and focused on providing prompt relief to victims of humanitarian crises and disasters as well as implementing the National Social Investment Programme with the aim of ensuring that poor and vulnerable Nigerians are able to live better and more inclusive lives.
“While carrying out our mandate, we are aware of the important role of effective communications in ensuring the tremendous work being done is properly communicated to the public. This is why we have put in a lot of effort to ensure all programmes, activities and interventions of the Ministry are well communicated across print, electronic and online media,” she added.