That disaster management is every manâ€™s business is a global slogan and that it is interdisciplinary in approach. Every year, more than 200 million people worldwide are affected by disasters such as droughts, floods, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides and other natural phenomena. Part of the global efforts at tackling the menace of disasters are the lunching of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction on the 22nd December 1989 (through resolution 44/236 of the United Nations General Assembly) and the World Conference on Disaster Reduction held in Kobe, Japan in January 2005. Particularly, the 2005 conference addressed the need to reduce vulnerabilities to risk and hazards by building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. The Hyogo Framework for Action adopted at the Japan conference set the guidelines for the reduction of vulnerability to hazards and emphasized the mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into everyday decision and development activities with a view to substantially reducing disaster related losses by 2015.
One of the key measures of DRR is capacity building through public education and awareness raising. Thus, nations across the world have adopted measures to build human capacity and community resilience through the mainstreaming of DRR into the education curriculum at different levels. In line with this global trend, the Nigerian government, through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has taken several initiatives to mainstream DRR into her education curriculum at the primary, secondary and the tertiary levels. One of such bold initiatives is the establishment of the Centre for Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies (CDRM&DS) at the Federal University of Technology, Minna.
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 commenced training and research activities. The main focus of our activities is Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) as adopted by the Hyogo Framework for Action 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.