Abuja - The Nations Assistant Secretary-General
and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, has described
the situation in the terror-ridden Borno State as one of the largest and most
grave crises in the world.
UN agencies and non-governmental organisations are
increasing their footprint in Borno, the state worst hit by the Boko Haram
crisis that has killed more than 20 000 and displaced over 2 million.
The international humanitarian agencies operating in Nigeria
plan to provide aid to people in the North-East of Nigeria at a cost of US$248
million for 2016, yet is only 12 percent funded.
“We are facing one of the largest and most grave crises
anywhere,” Lanzer underlined.
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“Donors now need to provide aid agencies the resources to
complement the state’s work to keep people alive and address the root cause of
To highlight the crisis, Lanzer said the suffering of some
30 000 people in Bama was “as acute as I have seen.”
Borno’s capital, Maiduguri, is a city of 1 million
inhabitants and hosting a 1,6 million people displaced by Boko Haram.
Lanzer hailed the generosity of local communities hosting
He called on donors to back development initiatives in the
region concurrently with the emergency response.
Solid waste management and livelihoods are two of the most
glaring needs in Maiduguri despite the strong efforts of the state authorities.
“As the rainy season approaches, a failure to manage waste
will result in a public health crisis and exacerbate human suffering,” said
“At the same time, providing the youth vocational training
is the right thing to do today, and can help prevent a deeper crisis emerging
- CAJ News