UN To Relocate Humanitarian Centre To Borno

united nationsThe United Nations is stepping up its efforts to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the northeast of Nigeria.

The international body has announced plans to relocate its Humanitarian Coordination Centre to Maiduguri to achieve more effective response to the challenges created by Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

After a humanitarian situation assessment visit to Borno State, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ms Fatma Samoura, said that the move would also enable the organisation have direct access to affected areas.

She added that relocating the coordination centre from Abuja to Maiduguri had become necessary considering the condition at the Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camps and communities hosting them.

“I have decided that the centre of coordination be moved from Abuja to Maiduguri and UN senior staff will be deployed accordingly.

“In the weeks to come, seasoned and top-notch staff will be deployed to really cater for the needs of the IDPs and the host communities.

“This is in order to scale-up support and enhance coordination of our humanitarian response in the light of the significant challenge that the crisis presents.

“This will also ensure that they are closer to the IDPs, emergency management bodies and the state authorities,” she said.

Ms Samoura lamented the situation at the IDPs camps and urged development and humanitarian actors to do more to support the Borno government’s efforts.

According to the UN coordinator, nearly 15 million civilians have been affected by insurgency in the region, resulting in over 2.2 million people being displaced most of whom are in Borno State, totalling about two million IDPs.

Samoura said that the UN would continue to support the government of Nigeria to provide humanitarian assistance to survivors, especially vulnerable women and girls and also to reach those in dire need.

IDPs’ Relocation: NEMA Conducts Strategy Analysis In Borno

NEMA on Borno IDPsThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is conducting a needs assessment tour in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno State.

The assessment is coming on the heels of recent victories recorded by the Nigerian Army and outcry by the displaced persons insisting on returning to their original localities.

The Director General of NEMA, Mohammed Sidi, made the disclosure on Thursday during a two-day working visit to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

He said that Borno State accounted for 90% of the total number of displaced persons in northeast Nigeria.

Mr Sidi explained that the number of displaced persons in Maiduguri has been on the rise with an average of 20 new births recorded in a camp accommodating 12,000 people.

He also stressed that the recent victories recorded by the Nigerian Army have changed the face of humanitarian efforts which resulted to rehabilitation and resettlement of the IDPs.

Sharing their experience on camp, one of the IDPs, Maryam Mohammed, who is a widow said, “The problem is measles, seven out of my nine kids are down with measles right now.

“The truth is sometimes they attend to us and give us drugs when we visit the camp hospital, but other times they are not available.”

Another displaced person, Hamsatu Umar, said, “I need clothes and a sleeping mat with some money. I am old and I feel very sick that is why I need them to attend to me quickly so I can go back to my tent.”

The insurgency victim added that the harsh weather has been responsible for the illnesses in the camp, stressing that she went for some relief materials the previous day but could not get anything.

In furtherance to this, NEMA has called for deployment of medical personnel to IDPs camps within Maiduguri, the host communities and satellite camps in liberated communities with emphasis on children, maternal care and vulnerable persons.

The new satellite camps are located in Dikwa, Mafa, Damboa, Baga, Bama, Gwoza, Askira Uba, Damboa, Beneishek, Gamboru, Mongunu and Konduga.