Nigeria joins rest of the world to mark 2016 Humanitarian Day Friday with theme, ‘One Humanity’ the Federal Government has urged humanitarian agencies to continue support for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the North East region of the country.
This was stated in the keynote address by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented by the Adviser on Monitoring and Evaluation of IDP programme, Vice President Office, Dr. Olufemi Tolu, also said there was need for massive awareness of Nigerians about the state of the IDPs and the support they need.
Osinbajo promised that people in the North East will soon be set free as the military has continued to intensify effort in flushing out the Boko Haram insurgents.
He said: “As you are aware 19 August has been set aside to commemorate the World Humanitarian Day of the United Nations eight years ago.
“The World Humanitarian Day also aims at increasing public awareness about humanitarian service and the challenges they are facing in hot spots all over the world.
“I wish on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria to urge for the sustenance of support for the 2 million IDPs across the nation and especially in the North East region.
“The Federal Government apart from supporting the teeming IDPs in the north East region has demonstrated high level commitment with neighbouring countries like Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic. International organisations outside the continent have given various supports to Nigeria in the fight against insurgency.
“I therefore assure you that the North East will soon be set free from Boko Haram catastrophe.
The Country Director, Oxfam Nigeria, Jang Rogge, said the heroes in the North East are those communities that hosted the IDPs
“Oxfam currently reaches out to 250, 000 Nigerian displaced families, and by the end of 2017 will reach out to 1.5 million, for this to be achieved the security situation needs to improve because the violence continue to make it difficult for us and other agencies to the people who need support.
“When we talk about ‘One Humanity’ my heroes in Nigeria are those people in the communities who host their brothers and sisters. Like the Jakana community has a population of 9, 000 people but are host to 6, 000 IDPs, yet without a market, health care facility and others, but they did not complain and are coping, and these are my heroes”, he said.