Abuja - The Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Peter Lundberg, has assured Nigeria of the international community’s solidarity in the wake of Boko Haram terror.
Lundberg spoke in Maiduguri a few weeks after he assumed the position, assure the Government of Nigeria of the international humanitarian community’s commitment to working closely with the federal and state mechanisms to accelerate the war against the insurgency.
He welcomed the announcement of the Inter-Ministerial Task Force and High Level Humanitarian Coordination Group, as well as the Borno State Humanitarian Response Committee and looked forward to seeing a tangible impact in the near future.
“I appreciate all the humanitarian assistance provided by the government and the humanitarian community at large who face insecurity and access constraints to reach the millions in desperate need,” said Lundberg.
He expressed generosity at the UN Central Emergency Response Fund and the continued contributions of the wider donor community.
However, the Nigerian Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016, which requires US$484 million for life-saving interventions, is less than 37% funded.
“Without the means to respond, innocent boys, girls, women and men will die,” he said.
The envoy noted the highest priority requirement for the response remains food security which was 25% funded.
Currently up to 400 000 children face starvation and citizens suffer with little or no access to clean water, health, protection, education and food security.
- CAJ News