A United Nations joint mission is in Nigeria to assess efforts being made to address the peace and security issues in the affected North East areas as well as humanitarian cushions being put in place.
Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and Sahel and leader of the delegation made this known on Thursday, during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq.
According to Nneka Ikem Anibeze, the Special Assistant to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq in a statement, said the purpose of the mission is to evaluate the crisis situation facing the Lake Chad Basin area.
“We are a joint mission mandated by the UN Security Council to conduct a joint mission in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. Last week we were in Cameroon and Chad and now we are in Nigeria. We are here to underscore the United Nations support and solidarity with these four countries.
“We are interested in looking at the situation of displaced persons and the refugees in these four countries. On Friday we will travel to Maiduguri to assess the situation there”, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and Sahel and leader of the delegation said.
The delegation praised the ministry for its role in issues of displacement and refugees.
Nneka said the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Bashir Nura Alkali who represented the Minister, promised to grant the delegation access to make their findings on the humanitarian issues in the country.
Alkali stated that the Ministry has developed and institutionalised Civil-Security Cooperation strategic framework and roadmap for humanitarian intervention in the North East in particular, as well as the whole country in general.
“CiSEC structure is a platform that brings key stakeholders together to deliberate on ways and means to foster understanding amongst humanitarian and security actors, to ensure more effective and seamless delivery of humanitarian aid to the affected communities.
“It is believed that a well-coordinated humanitarian response and durable solution in the country will create an enabling environment for sub-regional cooperation; especially in the Lake Chad region in addressing humanitarian challenges. We are glad that you have re-affirmed your strong commitment to support Nigeria and other countries in the Lake Chad region on this journey”.
The Permanent Secretary pledged to partner with the UN Mission to achieve durable solutions to the protracted challenges in the Lake Chad region.
In the same vein, the Special Adviser to the President on Humanitarian Affairs, Group Captain Shehu Sadiq explained the ongoing mission by United Nations, other Humanitarian agencies as well as the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee created to ensure access to humanitarian actors.
“Efforts are ongoing to ensure that as much as we are following the International principles of voluntary return, that we work out solutions for the IDPs to return to their normal lives”.
The Delegation include
Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and Sahel, Francis Louncery Fall, Special Representative of United Nations Secretary-General for Central Africa, Ambassador Mamman Nuhu, Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and
Ms Claudia Emmanuella Del Ke, Special Representative of the European Union for the Sahel.