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One million people displaced in Nigeria — UN official

By News Express on 20/08/2015

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The UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Daouda Toure, on Wednesday appealed for more resources meet the needs of internally displaced people numbering about 1.5 million.

Toure made the remark in Abuja at this year’s World Humanitarian Day celebration with the theme: ‘Inspiring the World’s Humanity.’

“We appeal for more resources to respond particularly to the education and health needs of the displaced people.

“What is available is not commensurate with the situation on ground as the crisis in the North-East is not publicised enough.

“Nigeria is the major contributor to peace keeping in the world, so the international community need to contribute more resources, step up their support and restore the livelihood of these vulnerable people.

“We need to come and help them, help their brothers and sisters and help them get a better future for their children.”

Toure added that the major challenges facing the humanitarian community today was the lack of access to security and limited resources.

He called on stakeholders to mobilise themselves, unite and re-examine the reasons for the slow response and support needed to tackle the security challenges.

Earlier, the Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Muhammad Sani Sidi stated that the capacity to handle the present IDPs was not enough.

Sidi added that though a lot of effort and resources had been channeled towards the displaced persons, it was not enough because of their increasing population.

He said that responses to the needs of the IDPs were dwindling due to lack of adequate capacity.

Sidi said there was the need for proper coordination to enable them to harness all available resources to improve the living standard of the IDPs.

He said that the day was set aside to celebrate the gallantry of humanitarian service providers.

He said the theme of the day was intended to steer actions of people around the world for a greater humanity and advocate for more peaceful world.

“We are celebrating people who have sacrificed their lives for peace in the world.

“These are people who have lost their lives or survived different threats to life while providing humanitarian services especially in violent conflict situations.

“This celebration is an opportunity to advocate for a peaceful world, bring hope to people affected by disaster and guarantee safety of humanitarian providers rendering service in the north east.”

He stated that Nigeria had faced a lot of challenges in recent times with the Boko Haram insurgency.

Sidi commended and thanked the UN and all stakeholders for their support and cooperation during the period.

Similarly, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Danladi Kifasi said the day was an opportunity to honour the selfless dedication of workers and volunteers who devote themselves in assisting the world’s most vulnerable people.

Kifasi, who was represented by Mrs. Didi Walson-Jack, Director, Special Duties, also said it was appropriate to remember members of the armed forces and security personnel.

He added that these groups of people defended the unarmed and vulnerable men, women and children in the North-East.

He added that it was through the noble efforts and humanitarian activities of the military that Nigeria had remained indivisible and still able to play its role in the comity of nations.

The event was organised by NEMA to celebrate the spirit of humanity and people who sacrificed their lives in the cause of rendering humanitarian service.

The day is an annual and global event dedicated by the UN to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe. (NAN)

Photo shows a group of IDPs.

Source News Express

Posted 20/08/2015 03:46:57 AM





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