UN to move coordination centre to Maiduguri to meet the IDPs
– Adolphus Oseiwe Igenegbale
The United Nations says it is planning to relocate its humanitarian coordination centre to Maiduguri to enable it response effectively to the humanitarian crisis created by Boko Haram insurgency in the North-Eastern Nigeria.
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ms Fatma Samoura, made this known at the end of her humanitarian situation assessment visit to Borno over the weekend.
According to the coordinator, the move would also enable them have direct access to affected areas. Samoura said that the relocation from Abuja to Maiduguri had become necessary considering the humanitarian situation at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps and communities hosting them. She said in the weeks to come, seasoned and top-notch staff we 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.
Samoura, described the situations at the IDPs camps as “appalling”, noting that the UN would scale-up efforts towards ensuring that the affected persons got first hand attention. Samoura, who is also the UN Development Programme Resident Representative, said close to two million people were still residing in host communities and their coping mechanisms had begun to be eroded.
The UN representative in the Sahel Toby Lanzer is also visiting the north-east Nigeria at the moment and has been tweeting some of what he’s seen in #Maiduguri
He’s met some of those displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency and praises people in the city of Maiduguri for their willingness to host them.