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UN, Nigerian private sector initiative to intervene in humanitarian crisis in North-East

AHMED MARI, Maiduguri

In their efforts to tackle the huge humanitarian crisis in the Northeast, the UN OICHA in collaboration with the Nigerian Private Sector Initiative are to address the suffering of the people affected by insurgency in the region.

The United Nation Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Karlin, who led the delegation of the UN, Nigerian Private Sector initiative on courtesy call on Governor Kashim Shettima at the Government House, Maiduguri on Tuesday, commended the Nigerian private Sector Initiative for the partnership, adding that it was the first of its kind in the whole world.

“We in the United Nations have done a lot in the humanitarian crisis in the Northeast but with your partnership, we will do more in sustaining the peace development process in the Northeast”, he added.

He also said: “There is a lot of money to solve humanitarian crisis in the world, but the money is in the hands of the few individuals. We are persuading those who have to donate for the humanitarian crisis affecting the world.

Reacting, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State said the Boko Haram insurgency has left 57,311 orphans and 54, 911 widows since the commencement of crisis in 2009.

He said:  “To address the educational needs of these orphans, we built 40 Mega Schools across the state; 118 of these schools are in Maiduguri with the remaining one across the local governments.  I urge you to help us by intervening in the education sector”.

Earlier, the Secretary, Nigerian Private Sector Humanitarian Initiative,, Alhaji Kyari Bukar  said:  “Nigerian Humanitarian, Private Sector Initiative fund is seeking to galvanize private sector and show commitment in addressing the humanitarian crisis in the North-East.

“Twenty different private companies are coming together to raise $80 million intervention fund in addressing the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria”, Kyari Bukar said.

Also speaking, Mr. Wale Tinubu said: “If international donor can raise $80 million, we see no reason why Nigerian Private Sector cannot raise the sane $80 million. Fourteen corporate organisations are coming together to raised fund for humanitarian crisis in the Northeast “.

He further said:  “Philanthropy is in the heart of everybody, we assured our commitment; we are here to see the level of humanitarian crisis in the North-East “.

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