Abuja - The Federal Government has assured continued support to humanitarian aid workers to enable them discharge their responsibilities and assist vulnerable locals.
According to a statement issued by Sani Datti Senior Information Officer of National Emergency Management Agency, Vice President, Muhammad Namadi Sambo, gave the assurance in a speech he delivered on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan at the 2014 World Humanitarian Day celebration held in Abuja.
The day is commemorated annually on August 19.
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Sambo identified the important roles of the aid workers in driving the commitment of the Federal Government to provide necessary succor to people that are faced with humanitarian challenges.
He cited the condition of some medical workers in Lagos that were infected by the Ebola virus in the course of their treatment of the index case, saying the Federal Government would do everything possible to support them.
He said it was in appreciation of the critical roles of the aid workers that the Federal Government has always included them in major decisions on humanitarian affairs.
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In his remark, Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi, reiterated the agency’s commitment to continue serving humanity in the face of incessant attacks on aid workers.
“I want to assure that NEMA will explore the outcome of the programmes and activities of the 2014 World Humanitarian Day commemoration to improve public awareness on safe and sustainable humanitarianism and place the message on the front burner of public discourse,” Sidi said.
He cited an unpleasant scenario of conflicts and natural disasters where humanitarians were subjected their lives but worked tirelessly to save lives and bring succor to the distressed, in times when the major concern of everyone was self-preservation.
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"There is no doubt that without the various Governmental and Non-Government humanitarian service providers, the National Red Cross Societies, the United Nations system and indeed local volunteers, the human toll in these hot spots could have been grave," he said.
The Resident Coordinator of the UN in Nigeria, Daoda Toure, urged the private sector to support humanitarian activities in Nigeria and invest more in areas of Disaster Risk Reduction.
The Federal Commissioner in-charge of the National Commission for Refugees, Hajiya Hadiza Sani Kangiwa, meanwhile presented the humanitarian hero’s register in recognition of aid workers that had demonstrated exceptional quality beyond their calls of duties, some of whom have lost their lives in the cause of humanitarian works.
- CAJ News