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Over ₦400bn humanitarian assistance needed in North-East—UN

The United Nations says over four hundred billion Naira is required to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to 7.8 million people in North-East Nigeria.

This was part of the resolution reached at the end of an online High-level meeting held on Thursday.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Edward Kallon, Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, as well as other UN and NGO representatives.

In a statement by Head of Media and Publicity, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities in Nigeria (OCHA) Eve Sabbagh, who quoted Mr. Edward Kallon saying, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the dire humanitarian situation in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

The statement called for urgent support for vulnerable people in the North-eastern part of the country, as the number of people in need of life-saving aid has risen steeply.

“The number of people needing humanitarian assistance is the highest ever recorded in five years of a joint humanitarian response,” stressed Mr. Kallon. The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all. Its’ devastating effects will distress Nigeria’s most fragile region. Unless we take immediate action, we should prepare for a spike in conflict, hunger and destitution in north-east Nigeria.”

Mr. Kallon called on donor agencies to step up support for the vulnerable and demonstrate solidarity as aid workers have received less than 30 percent of needed resources since the beginning of this year. UN and NGO partners have already provided assistance to over 2.6 million people since the beginning of this year.

Since 2015, UN agencies and international NGOs have been working in North-East Nigeria in coordination with the Government, to provide life-saving assistance to those affected by the crisis that has ravaged communities in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states. 

Dauda Iliya

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