Centre for Disaster, Risk Management & Humanitarian Studies


Shehu Shagari University of Education, Sokoto was established in February, 2022 with the sole objective of producing qualified graduates who have respect for dignity of labour and human existence. As a research-based Institution, the management of the University established Centre for Disaster Risk Management and Humanitarian Studies (CDRM&HS). The centre is headed by a Director. The center has qualified, experienced, competent and well trained staff in various disciplines who are committed to deliver all research-based studies in many aspects affecting women, children and youths within the center mandate. The center also has well-furnished office equipment, laboratories for practical purposes and robust ICT gadgets that aids the conduct of research works and the implementation of suggested recommendations expected to produce valuable positive impact which will improve the lives of the vulnerable persons in the affected communities.

The prevailing humanitarian crisis regarding insurgency and banditry ravaging many towns and villages in Nigeria which led to displacement of large populations of people across the different geographic zones in the country calls for urgent intervention of Shehu Shagari University of Education to strategize effective way of addressing the prevailing situation in order to curtail excesses of its high humanitarian crises and its long term implications in the near future.

It is pertinent to stress here that, as, at June, 2023, the IOM tracking Matrix identified a total number of 2,295,534 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in 471,346 households in the North-West and North- Central of Nigeria against 2,075,257 recorded in 2022. This signifies an increased number of IDPs, while identified returnees stood at 341,895 households. The IDP population included IDP s in camps and camp-like settings was (921,201 individuals representing 40%) and IDPs residing in host communities was (1,374,333 individuals representing 60 %( IOM, 2023).

The deteriorating security situation in Nigeria renders many schools and other public places unsafe, particularly in the Northeast and Northwest zones. Nigeria had experienced so many attacks on education institutions, market places, mosques, churches and other homes, since the appearance of Boko Haram, Insurgency and Banditry with many forms of abduction strategies, implicating physical and psychological injuries to victims which posed threats to learners at school or on their way to and back from the school. This ugly scenario has been responsible for the disappearance of many people in focus communities. Other zones in Nigeria, however, are not immune from these horrific violations of women, children’s and youth’s rights to education and safety. Learners at various education levels have been affected in Nigeria, with Northwest more prone leading to increased number of almajiranchi syndrome, out of school children and the indoctrination of youths to social vices in many community


The mission of the Centre is to provide sustainable leverage for interdisciplinary research and implement the research findings practically to drive knowledge for IDPs, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, victims of disaster infernoes, and global studies in the area of managing disasters and humanitarian crises.


To be the bond between humanity and the future of the victims of disasters and other crises

Dr. Hussaini Attahiru


Core Mandate

  1. Partner with relevant organizations to conduct field-based and solution-driven research studies by undertaking, supporting, and disseminating research works on issues around disaster Management and Humanitarian crises in Nigeria and Abroad.
  2. Advocacy and awareness creation to victims of Disaster and Humanitarian crisis through workshops, trainings, seminars, conferences, debates and quizzes.
  3. Collaborate with local, national, and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to investigate issues related to Disaster and Humanitarian crises in Nigeria and Abroad.
  4. Collaborate with relevant bodies to conduct data collection for planning and management of Disaster, Risk and Humanitarian crisis both at the national and international level.
  5. Provide technical support to organizations and agencies in developing and implementing strategies for effective management of Disaster and Humanitarian crises, and ensure the protection and promotion of the rights of vulnerable persons or group in Nigeria and Abroad.
  6. Conduct researches on issues related to climate change and support the practical implementation of findings for improved productivity of affected communities.
  7. Sustain publications of peer-reviewed academic journals and monograph series on Disaster and Humanitarian crises at national and international level.