The Federal Government through the Ministry of Budget and National Planning has assured of collaboration with development partners, NGOs and others to facilitate the operationalisation of the developed localization framework of intervention in the Humanitarian sector in the country.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Olusola Idowu, gave the assurance on Wednesday in Abuja, at the presentation of localization framework, inauguration of the a 28-member committee to ensure the proper implementation of the framework, organised by the Ministry and Christian Aid Nigeria.
The Permanent Secretary represented by the Director of International Cooperation, Mrs Elizbeth Egharevba, said the programme was to accelerate localization through the strengthening of local and national leadership of humanitarian response in the country.
According to her, it focuses on operational change for humanitarian response over the identified timeframe and beyond.
She said the programme is expected to identify capacity, funding and coordination needs of local and national NGOs as well as proffer solutions to the identified gaps.
Also, the Project Lead and Christian Aid Nigeria’s Senior Programme Coordinator, Policy and Advocacy, Victor Arokoyo said, “The plan is to bring on board all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the localization agenda remains in the front burner and is pushed forward within the context of as local as possible as international as necessary”.
He said that the working group which was inaugurated has a membership of 28 organizations.
According to him, it is a broad-based platform of representatives of government, national and international NGOs and CSOs from the six geopolitical zones and committed to pushing the agenda of localisation in Nigeria.
Also, the Head, Women Humanitarian Response Initiative, Mimidoo Achakpa, lauded all the consortium partners for their support so far.
The materials launched is a product of a project implemented by a consortium of five International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGOs) led by the Christian Aid and also Action Aid, CAFOD, Care and Tearfund.
The project, Accelerated Location Through Partnership (ALTP), was implemented for two years (November 2017 to October 2019) with funding from European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO).
The Ministries of Finance; Budget and National Planning; and Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development were the government agencies in the partnership with Christian Aid Nigeria.