The CDRM&DS is directly under the office of the Vice Chancellor. It is headed by a Director who is assisted by a Deputy Director. The Centre is structured into four units for ease of administration and coordination. These are the administrative, training and outreach, research and development and Information, policy advocacy and communication units.
a. Administrative Unit
The Director and his Deputy administer and coordinate the overall activities of the Centre. Currently, the Centre has a total of 13 staff consisting of the Director, Deputy Director, two Unit Coordinators, five Research Assistants, one Administrative Assistant, one Computer Operator and two Clerical Officers.
The Unit performs the following functions.
i. Undertakes secretarial duties,
ii. Managing records and other secretariat documents.
iii. Handling in-coming and out-going mails
iv. The Unit performs any other role assigned by the Center.
b. Training and Outreach Unit
This unit is primarily concerned with manpower training on Disaster Management and Risk Reduction at the Post graduate level. Its activities include the following.
i. Coordination of Professionals Masters and PGD Programmes of the Centre.
ii. Curriculum Development and Review.
iii. Organization and Coordination of Field trips for students
iv. Organization of Disaster drills and demonstration exercises
c. Research & Development Unit
This unit is responsible for the research and development activities of the Centre. It also facilitates and coordinates collaboration between the Centre and other development partners. The Unit performs the following functions.
i. Co-ordination of Research and Development activities of the Centre
ii. Organization of seminars, symposia, and conferences on Center’s research output.
iii. Identification of potential Research Collaborators/ Development partners.
iv. Attends University Board of Research meetings.
v. And any other duty assign by the Director.
d. Information, Policy Advocacy and Communication Unit
This unit is responsible for public education and awareness raising as well as the dissemination of research output of the Centre. Its activities include:
i. Liaises between the Center and other arms of the University.
ii. Liaises between Centre, other collaborating stakeholders and the general Public
iii. Organization and handling of public functions of the Center.
iv. Liaises between Centre and Media organizations
v. Coordination of the activities of DRR Clubs in Secondary Schools
vi. The Unit performs any other role assigned by the Center.
e. Climate Change Unit and Freshwater Resources
This Climate Change and Freshwater Resources Unit of the Centre was created to carry-on the mandate of the former Climate Change and Freshwater Resources Unit of the University. The functions of the Unit includes the following.
i. Conduct of researches in the areas of climate change and freshwater resources
ii.Establish a reference data bank on climate change and climate change adaptations.
iii.Provide routine weather and climate monitoring services in collaboration with Nigeria Meterorological Agency (NIMET)
iv. Conduct trainings seminars and workshops on climate and freshwater related issues