World Humanitarian Day: UN Urges Support For Nigeria’s IDPs

UNThe United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Mr Daouda Toure, have urged the international community to scale up support for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria’s north-east.

Mr Toure made the appeal against the backdrop of the 2015 World Humanitarian Day.

The UN Representative also underscored the challenges of access to IDPs in the troubled regions, owing to heightened insecurity.

He noted that the issue of access must be addressed by the government to ensure greater development, investment and reconstruction of the north-east region.

It is recorded that the insurgency and violence in places like Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States have displaced nearly 1.5 million people from their communities, which is almost the populations of some states in Nigeria.

Their displacement was caused by acts of terrorism by members of the Boko Haram sect. They are trying to establish and Islamic State and end western education in the region.

The UN against the 2015 World Humanitarian Day, canvassed for greater reinforcement against such abhorring act.

The Director General of the National Emergency Management Authority, Sanni Sidi, however noted, the dwindling support in the country towards the IDPs, which is a long way to solving the underlying challenge in the north-east.

Just as the Federal Government has promised to end insurgency in three months, the military and a host of other stakeholders have stressed the need for the wherewithal to be equally made available.

Nigeria Asked To Intensify Battle Against Deprivation

United Nations Development ProgrammeNigeria and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have been asked to intensify their battle against deprivation in order to prevent crisis from setting back recent development advances, made in economic development.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) made the demand in its 2014 Human Development report on Nigeria, entitled; ‘Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerability and Building Resilience’.

The report addressed issues surrounding human vulnerability and highlighted policies needed to maximise future opportunities.

According to this year’s human development index, Sub-Saharan Africa, has made much progress in health, education and income between 2010 and 2013. However, the region was still the most unequalled in the world. Says UNDP’S of the human inequality index.

An equivalent of 72 per cent of 585 million people are vulnerable. They are either living in poverty with overlapping deprivations in education and health or at great risk of falling back into poverty.

According to UNDP’S Representative to Nigeria, Mr Daouda Toure, the lack of preparedness to disaster, prevention and early warning was costing Africa, including Nigeria, useful capital resources for human development.

This year’s report puts Nigeria Human Development Index value for 2013 at 0.5, which was low in the  human development category, positioning the country at 152 out of 187 countries and territories in the region.

In spite of this position, the government insists it had  done well in achieving millennium development goals 1, 2, 3,and 4 which addresses poverty eradication, universal basic education, gender equality and reduction in child mortality.

Ahead of 2015, when international funding for the millennium development goals will stop, this year’s report is expected to set a post in  2015, development agenda for Nigeria.

Experts say African Nations, must think greatly about policies that would encourage production as well as eliminate barriers to competitiveness in the international market.

In the face of challenges including insecurity, lack of electricity and other disasters that has affected the country in recent times, Nigeria needs policies and political will, that will improve on the little successes contained in this year’s report.

UN Partners With Nigeria On Staple Crop Processing

Crop Processing ZoneThe United Nations is collaborating with the Nigerian government to increase the number of Staple Crop Processing Zones across the nation.

The project is expected to generate another 3.5 million indirect jobs and generate $2 billion of private sector investments.

At an event to mark the United Nations Day in Abuja on Thursday, the resident co-ordinator for the UN system in Nigeria, Mr Daouda Toure explained that the UN was assisting the Nigerian government to formulate master plans for the development and implementation of six processing zones.

“The plan is part of the effort to support government’s anti-poverty efforts,” Mr Toure said.

He commended the Nigerian government on the progress made so far in achieving the Millennium Development Goals but asked for increased efforts as the world approached the 2015 target.