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.
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Board of the Centre
Deputy Deans of all Schools
Directors till date
The Centre has 5 major units running its affairs, they are:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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: –
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’.
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.