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Envoy pledges more UN support against terror

13 June 2014, 14:00

Abuja - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa, Said Djinnit, reiterated the organisation’s commitment to the stability of Nigeria and countries of the Lake Chad basin region.

He stressed that while urging the government to redouble efforts for the safe release of the schoolgirls abducted in Chibok in April rls and to address insecurity in North-eastern parts of the country, the UN was committed to supporting its efforts in this regard.

He further noted that the UN was ready to support the efforts of the National Emergency Management Agency and the National Human Rights Commission as part of their Integrated Support Package (ISP) to Nigeria.

This package includes medium and long term support primarily for the abducted girls when they will be released and for the families, as well as the communities in general. The ISP also touches on areas such as education, health, water supply and livelihoods in general.

Djinnit deplored that while efforts are made to seek the safe release of the abducted school girls more innocent civilians were being killed and many more others are being displaced as a result of Boko Haram terror.

He meanwhile noted that Nigeria had been playing a pivotal role in promoting regional peace and security, saying UN was committed to the country’s stability and the consolidation of its democratic achievements.

He welcomed the support provided by partner countries, including on strengthening regional response against the activities of Boko Haram in the entire Lake Chad area.

– CAJ News

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