Thursday, 9 March 2017

Humanitarian crisis: UN restates readiness to support Nigeria

The United Nations on Thursday reiterated its readiness to support the Nigerian Government through Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative (PCNI) to combat nutrition and security challenges in the crisis areas.
The UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr Edward Kallon, disclosed this during his courtesy call on the PCNI Chairman, Retired Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, in Abuja.
Kallon observed that no fewer than 14 million people in Nigeria were affected with 8.5 million needing urgent assistance, saying that women and children were mostly affected.
He said this prompted his visit to Danjuma so as to collaborate effectively with the Nigerian Government to achieve tremendous success on humanitarian issues as it affects crisis and displacement.
“ For a very long time now, the Boko Haram menace has been in the back burner; it has not been really in the international lime light.
“ What we have done is to bring the World’s attention to the impact of this crisis in the North- East, and to further emphasise that this has a wider implication than one could expect.
“ This is not really a Nigeria problem; it is a regional problem that is why we are very happy that the international community has recognised this Boko Haram menace.
“ And they are ready to support the Nigerian Government and the countries in the region to find lasting solution to the problem,’’ he added.
In his remarks, the Chairman, PCNI, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma Rtd., who was represented by his deputy, Mr Tijjani Tumsah, commended the UN representative and his team for their enormous support.
Danjuma said their visit was very important, because the United Nations and the system under it, is seeking to work in a closer collaboration with the PCNI.
He said that the committee would continue to engage the UN system in order to proffer solutions to the humanitarian development of the people in the North East.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the mandate of the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative (PCNI) is to coordinate the reconstruction of the north-east ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency. 



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