The Social Development Department is one of the eleven Departments of the Ministry. The Department has the mandate to coordinate Social sector, Environment sector, as well as Food and Nutrition sector.
It was created on the 21st of February, 2011 . The Department is currently staffed by 28 officers comprising of 4 Directorate cadre officers, 21 Senior officers,2 Junior Officers and is headed by a Director.
The Vision of the Social Development Department is to bring about a social development order that will improve social cohesion and accelerate national development.
The Mission of the Department is to contribute effectively in coordinating social development programmes and projects to ensure effective delivery of the Ministry’s mandate.
Structure of the Department
In order to ensure that the Department takes the lead role in coordinating multi-sectoral policy, the department has three Divisions namely Human Capital; Environment & Regional Development; and Food & Nutrition. The key responsibilities and current thrusts of the Divisions are highlighted below:
Human Capital Development
The Human Capital Division has two Sections namely: (i) Population and Development; (ii) and Social Sector.
The Population and Development Section coordinates MDAs that are dealing with Population activities, including Demographic Dividends project; Immigration and Migration issues; Women Affairs including Gender and Ageing issues; Information, Social Statistics (NBS), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),and Labour & Employment while Social Sector Section coordinates all Social Sector MDAs which include Federal Ministry of Education; Health; Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; Human Right Commission; Disability Commission Youth & Sport Development and NAPTIP among others.
Environment & Regional Development Division
Environment and Regional Development Division is responsible for coordination of Environment Sector. This includes activities relating to the protection of the nation’s environment, biodiversity, conservation, including measures to combat desertification, deforestation, climate change and also, the development of the geo-political zones. As a result, it works and collaborates with Federal Ministry of Environment, its Parastatals and Agencies which includes: Great Green Wall; National Park, Environmental Health and Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON); Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN); National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA); National Environmental Standards Regulatory and Enforcement Agency (NESREA); Ministry of Niger Delta; National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA); Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC); Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA); National Boundary Commission; Federal Ministry of Housing; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Office and Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
Current Thrusts of the Environment and Regional Division
To coordinate and provide policy advice to relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on matters relating to Environment & Regional Development including:
Food & Nutrition Division
The Division serves as the national focal point for the coordination and harmonization of all food and nutrition related policies and programmes being implemented by the various Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and development partners. The Division also work to ensure that such food and nutrition programmes are consistent with the goals and aspirations as outlined in the National Food and Nutrition Policy. The Ministry is the Secretariat of the National Council on Nutrition (NCN) chaired by His Excellency (HE), the Vice President (VP), Federal Republic of Nigeria. Membership of the Council includes all the Honourable Ministers and Heads of the MDAs who are members of the NCFN, some development partners, the Private Sector and professional bodies.
The technical arm of the NCN, is the National Committee on Food and Nutrition (NCFN) chaired by the Permanent Secretary, BNP as outlined in the National Policy on Food and Nutrition. The NCN is expected to meet bi-annually while the NCFN meets on quarterly basis. The Division interfaces with the State Committee on Food on Nutrition (SCFN) to ensure that they adopt the National Policy on Food and Nutrition at the state level and also develop costed plan of action on food and nutrition and as well as every other role as performed by NCFN at the federal level.
CURRENT ONGOING ACTIVITIES
World Bank-Assisted Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRiN) Project which is linked to MTNDP 2021-2025.
ANRiN Project is a 5-year support to large scale nutrition programmes aimed to increase utilization of quality, cost-effective nutrition services for pregnant and lactation women, adolescent girls and children under five year of age. The project is fully results based and leverages performance-based contracts with non-state actors for service delivery, performance-based financing of public health facilities, and disbursement linked indicators for strengthening the stewardship role of federal and state governments to plan, budget, implement, monitor, and learn from large-scale nutrition programs.
Component 1. Multi-sectoral coordination and planning for accountability to achieve nutrition results
In the ANRiN project, the Budget and National Planning arm of the Ministry is responsible for Disbursement Linked Indicator 2 (DLI 2). The project incentivizes through DLI 2, the creation of a process for multi-sectoral coordination and planning for accountability to achieve nutrition results across five federal implementing Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) which include; Health, Agriculture & Rural Development, Women Affairs, Education and National Social Safety-Nets Programme under the Office of the Vice President now Ministry of Humanitarian, Disaster Management and Social Development. Activities of FMBNP in this regards bothers on Coordination, capacity building and learning through organizing Annual Nutrition Conference, advocacy, monitoring and supervision, Policy and Guidelines development, publication of state of Annual Nutrition and development of a web-based nutrition Dash Board. Report and regular review of activities of all FIEs and Gombe state. The activities of the four Federal Implementing entities are concentrated in three Local Government Areas of Balanga, Yematu Deba and Nafada in Gombe state where a proof of concept is going on. In these three LGAs in Gombe, all the four FIEs are converging/co-locating to provide nutrition sensitive intervention to the target beneficiaries to complement nutrition specific services they receive from the health facilities.
The ANRIN project became active in 2019, however, implementation commenced in 2020 among all Federal Implementing Entities with the exception of the Federal Ministry of Education that started implementation in 2021. Under the ANRIN project, there is a Steering Committee that is chaired by the Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Health that ratifies all implementation plans of all sectors after the World Bank’s endorsement. There is also a Project Implementation Unit (PMU) at the FMoH that coordinates activities of the 12 states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Oyo and Plateau.
Component 2 of the ANRIN project is the Financial Management
In support of the implementation of the NMPFAN and broader nutrition agenda, the World Bank is providing technical assistance to the Federal Government and selected states to design a budget tagging system for identifying, tracking, and evaluating nutrition allocations, releases, and expenditures. GoN would be incentivized for the establishment of the tagging system and its use across nutrition-related MDAs. All stakeholders envisage a tagging system that will enhance transparency and accountability around nutrition budgets, allocations, and releases; facilitate resource mobilization and prioritization of nutrition, mainstream nutrition in MDAs’ budgets, and enhance resource tracking and expenditure review. The design and implementation of the system will be overseen by the Nutrition Financing Technical Committee (NFTC). NFTC has be inaugurated and membership include officials of Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Budget Office, the Planning Arm, Office of the Vice President, World Bank and the Nigeria Governors Forum. The key deliverables of this committee include the development of Nutrition Budgeting and Expenditure Methodology, Nutrition Budget Tagging Manual and the Roadmap for the Budget Tagging pilot implementation. MDAs have been sensitized on the budget tagging processes however a lot of work will need to be done with the budget office before the commencement of the preparation of the 2024 budget.
The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres called on World leaders to convene National Food Systems dialogues to articulate how to make the food systems to be more resilient, sustainable and inclusive. The Permanent Secretary, Budget and National Planning was appointed the National Convenor for the Nigeria’s Food Systems Dialogue in November, 2020. Activities kicked started with the setting up the Food Systems Core Group. This group was made up of experts and senior technical officers from Ministries, Department and Agencies, the UN Donor Group, development partners, civil societies and the private sectors.
The series of dialogues held in Nigeria commenced with the Inception Dialogue which was held on the 23rd of February, 2021 in Abuja. This was followed with about forty (40) Exploratory Dialogues which were organized across the six geopolitical zones, in some selected States and targeted communities. The dialogues which was organized with the spirit of leaving no one behind saw the active participation of relevant groups such as women, youth, indigenous people, Non-Government Organization as well as the private sector. The purpose of having the series of dialogues was to gather ideas, and come up with recommendations/ solutions to addressing the enormous challenges in our food system along the food value chain.
The Division also received support for its work from partners such as UNICEF, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Civil Society Scaling – Up Nutrition of Nigeria, the World Bank, Food and Agricultural Organization and International Fund for Agricultural Development.
Below are result carried out by UNICEF in collaboration with the Ministry.
The Department can be reached for further information and comments via the contact person:
Dr. Sanjo Faniran
Director, Social Development Department,
Plot C31010 Adekunle Fajuyi street,
Central Business District Area, Abuja.