From DAUDA PAM, Maiduguri
President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his concern over the lingering Boko Haram terrorists attacks on soft targets, with a strong call for a more robust synergy and co-operation between the security agencies involved in counter insurgency operations and humanitarian actors vested with the supply of aids to victims of insurgency.
Represented by the Minister of Defence retired General Bashir Magashi, at a three-day international workshop on “civil security co-operation in humanitarian intervention in the Northeast”, commended the civil security and humanitarian actors for striving hard to provide succuor to victims of insurgency but that more needed to be done.
Earlier in a welcome address, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State commended the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development for selecting Borno State for the workshop geared towards finding lasting peace and stability in the Northeast sub region.
According to him the advent of Boko Haram insurgency, plunged the entire Lake Chad Basin into crisis of unprecedented nature, hinted that out of the four countries in the Lake Chad basin area, Nigeria alone accounted for close to two million persons internally displaced spread across the states of Borno ,Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe and Bauchi in the northeast Nigeria.
He said at the peak of the humanitarian crisis, there was a response plan by the federal government, put at a cost of$1.054 and that only ten percent of the plan was to be funded by Nigerian government, hence the needed intervention by international aid agencies.
Governor Zulum emphasized that the 2019 report by OCHA/UN, indicated that 7.1million people are in need of Humanitarian assistance and commended development partners, NGOs, for their crucial roles in cushioning the effects of the crisis, and that a bill is before the state House of Assembly to give legal backing to government policy for an institutional framework to Waste collector kicks as Makinde revokes contract over alleged breach of agreement.