UN, international community pledge sustained rebuilding North-East communities
By Dauda R. Pam, Maiduguri
A delegation of Ambassadors,Heads of missions and Multinational Organizations stormed Maiduguri, the Borno State capital with a pledge to sustain support towards rebuilding ravaged communities and livelihood of people in the northeast.
Led by the UN Resident and Humanitarian Co-ordinator, Mr Edward Kallon, made the pledge while on a courtessy visit to Governor Babagana Zulum at the Government House chambers in Maiduguri.
According to the leader of the delegation,they were in the state to assess the humanitarian situation and identify viable strategies to resolve the over a decade long terrorists activities in the area.
The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr Edward Kallon, harped on the devastating effects of the Bokoharam crisis that has dislocated socio-economic activities, displaced millions of people and resulting to the death of over 35,000 people in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
He said, over three billion dollars received in donation from the international community from 2017 to date have been expended on humanitarian and life-saving assistance in the northeast and remarked that the quantum of resources would have channelled in developing the region, if it had not been for Boko Haram insurgency.
“Going forward, cooperation and multiple dimensional approach is paramount not only in resolving the conflict itself but also in privatising and addressing the development impact arising from the conflict. Let us work together towards putting a stop to the insurgency and tackling the many developmental challenges that have arisen from this protracted conflict,” Kallon enthused.
In his remarks,the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, appreciated the state government and the military for doing their best in minimising the conflict and promised to support in establishing civil authority in liberated areas, improve living condition of people in urban areas and IDP camps.
“We are working with the Governor on this durable solution in the context of ‘Borno state 25 year development plan’. You’ve got real commitment from the international partners and I think in recognition that we need to be honest about some of the failures of the past, but we have a plan going forward and we are here to support you “.
Responding, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, expressed confidence with the support of the visiting countries and multilateral institutions, stressing that,the challenges of the region would soon be over as the visiting countries have pledged to address.
The visit,the first of its kind in recent times, comprised of a delegation of Ambassadors and Heads of missions of the United Kingdom, United States of America, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, Norway as well as Representatives of United Nations, European Union, World Bank and the IMF, were in Maiduguri the Borno State capital.