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The Centre for Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies (CDRM&DS) is a training, research and development unit under the office of the vice chancellor. It was established in June 2009, following a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal University of Technology, Minna. The establishment of the centre is part of the global efforts to reduce the risks of natural and man-induced disasters that are threatening the sustenance of development efforts. Since its establishment, the centre has been engaged in training and research activities. The main focus of our activities is Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) as adopted by the Hyogo Framework for Action, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development Goals under the united nations (UN) and African Union (AU) Agenda 2060 which set the guidelines for the reduction of vulnerability to hazards and emphasized the mainstreaming of DRR into everyday decision and development activities. The overall goal is to substantially reduce disaster-related losses in human settlements across the globe.


The vision of the centre is to become a self-sustaining centre of excellence, recognizable locally and internationally in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Risk Management.


The mission is to train highly skilled personnel with proven capability that will be able to address contemporary issues in disaster risk and emergency management in line with the Nigerian national DRR objectives.

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Board of the Centre

  1. The Vice Chancellor Chairman
  2. Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)
  3. Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration)
  4. Registrar
  5. Bursar
  6. Librarian
  7. Director, CDRM & DS
  8. Representatives of NEMA (Director Planning, Research and Forecasting and Deputy Director Administration)
  9. Director Collaboration, Affiliation and Linkages
  10. Representative of the University Council
  11. Representative of Senate
  12. Coordinators from the Centre
  13. Administrative Officer of the Centre Secretary of the Board

Academic Board

  1. Director of the Centre Chairman
  2. Deputy Director of the Centre

Deputy Deans of all Schools

  1. Deputy Dean Postgraduate School
  2. Senate Representatives
  3. Coordinators from the Centre
  4. Administrative Officer of the Centre Secretary of the Board

Directors till date

  1. Late Dr. P. Akinyeye (Pioneer Director, 2009 -2010)
  2. Professor A. M Junaid (2010 – 2015)
  3. Professor J.J Dukiya (2016 – 2023)
  4. Professor P. Ayuba (2023 – to date)


  • Implementation of Awareness and Preparedness for Emergency at Local Level (APELL) in Nigeria. A $30,000 project funded by UN Environment under the SSFA: P1-33NFL-000 (2017-2018) Delivered.
  • Development of National Disaster Risk Reduction Information and Communication System for Nigeria which assessed the available DRR Information and Communication System in Nigeria. N7,500,000 funded by NEMA / UNDP. (2014).
  • Post Disaster Need Assessment of 2012 Flood Disaster in Nigeria. The project assessed the level of damages within the flood affected areas in Nigeria. A 11,000,000grant funded by NEMA / UNDP
  • West African Regional Workshop on Strengthening Disaster Resilience Leadership Programme (SDLRP 1,2 and 3) and Regional Faculty Development Workshop (FDW 1 and 2), held in partnership with University of Health and Allied Sciences, Accra Ghana; Tulane University, USA, Makerere University, Uganda and Asian Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Bangkok, Thailand. N11,000,000 Sub-contract sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). (2013-2017).
  • Capacity building training for FEMA, Abuja. N580,000 project funded by FEMA (2023).
  • Capacity building training for NEMA, Abuja. (2015- 2017) N2,500,000 project funded by NEMA


  • National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
  • Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA)
  • Federal Fire Service (FRS)
  • The Emergency, Crisis & Disaster Risk Management Institute (Lagos)
  • Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (Tulane, USA)
  • The International Emergency Management Society (Brussels, Belgium)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, RoA)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP, Nigeria)
  • Gravitazz Institute for Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management (Midrand, South Africa)
  • Global Risk Forum (Switzerland)
  • Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, Abuja)
  • Beak Consultants GmbH (Germany)


The Centre has 5 major units running its affairs, they are:

  1. Office of the Director (Administrative Unit)
  2. Training Unit
  3. Research and Development Unit
  4. Information and Advocacy Unit
  5. Climate Change Unit

Responsibilities of the Units:

Office of the Director

The office is headed by the Director (a Professor), who is also the administrative head of the Centre. The Director is assisted in his day-day- running of the Centre by a Deputy Director. Both the Director and the Deputy Director are appointed by the Vice Chancellor for an initial period of two years each and can be re-appointed for another two-year term. For administrative effectiveness, the office of the Director has four (4) units responsible to its for its day-to-day activities. These units are manned by the coordinators who are academic staff of the university and who are appointed by the Vice Chancellor on the recommendation of the Director. These Units are:

Training and Outreach Unit

The Training and Outreach Unit of the Centre coordinates all the Centre’s training activities, particularly the Masters and PGD programmes. Specifically, the unit performs the following functions.

  1. Coordination of the Master and PGD programmes of the Centre
  2. Coordination of lectures, and field trip exercises
  3. Administration of examinations and preparation of results
  4. Collaborate with other units and bodies/organisations for effective training in the Centre.

Research and Development Unit

The research and Development Unit anchors all research and developmental activities of the Centre. The functions of the Unit include the following:

  1. Development of research proposal for the Centre
  2. Conduct of researches
  3. Collection of data and development of data based on disaster occurrences
  4. Management of grants and funds for the Centre

Information, Communication and Policy Advocacy Unit

The Information, Communication and Policy Advocacy Unit of the centre is the public relations outfit of the centre. It handles all public enlightenment and education programmes of the centre. Specifically, the Unit performs the following functions:

  1. Disseminates and publicizes the research works of the centre
  2. Coordinates seminars and workshops where the centre is involved both within and outside the center
  3. Sensitizes the public on any disaster risk and occurrences

Climate Change Unit

The Climate Change Unit of the Centre was created to carry on the mandate of the former Centre for Climate Change and Freshwater Resources of the University. The functions of the unit include the following:

  1. Conduct of researches in the area of climate change and freshwater resources
  2. Establishes a reference data bank on Climate Change and Climate Change Adaptations
  3. Provides routing weather and climate monitoring services in collaboration with Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET)
  4. Conducts trainings seminars and workshops on climate and freshwater related issues.



In line with the center’s mandate, its runs two Postgraduate programmes. These are Masters and Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies. The details of the programmes and the entry requirements are as follow:

Philosophy and Mission

The philosophy of the programme is to mainstream Disaster Management and Risk education into the general National development agenda. The intention is to ensure decentralization of the subject matter down to the lowest level of the community so as to facilitate the building of safer communities and to support sustainable development.

The mission is to train highly skilled personnel with proven capability that will be able to address contemporary issues in disaster risk and emergency management in line with the Nigerian national DRR objectives.

Aim and Objectives

The main aim of the programme is to provide a holistic academic platform for prospective students to understand Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in order to reduce the risk of disaster at all levels of human existence in Nigeria.

 The course therefore seeks to provide participants with opportunities for improving their understanding of:

  1. Vulnerability analysis and patterns and their evolution relative to environmental problems, disasters, policies and programmes in Nigeria;
  2. conceptual approaches to vulnerability across both ecological and social dimensions based on a common ground among ideological and disciplinary perspectives;
  3. risk Assessment Applications in land use / land cover changes change, food security environmental security and in “hot spots” and critical regions delineation; and
  4. Risk reduction strategies and challenges for Nigeria.



Admission entry to the professional Master Degree programme is open to all graduates of NUC accredited universities in Nigeria and other recognised Institutions abroad.

Candidates for admission into the Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies must possess five ‘O’ Level credit passes in English, Mathematics and any other three out of the following:

  1. Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Agric Science, and Economics and any of the following.
  2. Minimum of second-class Lower Bachelor’s Degree in Sciences, social sciences, medicine, Agricultural, Forestry, Environmental science, Engineering, Town planning etc from recognized institutions.
  3. Third Class Degree in any of the areas listed above with at least 3 years working experience.
  4. Post graduate listed in (i) above from a recognized institution with a minimum of lower credit pass.

Course duration

The programme will be by both Lecture and research. It will run on both full-time and part-time basis. The duration of the programme is as follows: –

Full- time

minimum of 18 months (1 ½ years), maximum of 36 months (3 years)


Minimum of 24 months (2 years), maximum of 48 months (4 years)


Candidates are required to earn a minimum of 44 units before graduation. This shall include of 29 units of core courses. To graduate, a candidate must attain a minimum of ‘B’ grade in all core courses and minimum of ‘C’ grade in the elective courses and attain a minimum of CGPA of ‘2.50’.



  • Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Tunisia (2018)
  • Africa Climate Week (2019) Accra, Ghana, attended with Masters Students.


Community Hazards Identification and Mapping: The Centre has conducted this exercise in collaboration with National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) in over 60 communities in Niger State, Benue, Kogi State, and Abuja.

MAINSTREAMING DRR INTO SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION ACTIVITIES: In collaboration with NEMA and SEMAs, the centre has established 46 DRR School Clubs in Niger State.