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Nigeria: Humanitarian confab holds in Oslo

Following humanitarian crises unfolding in Nigeria’s North-Eastern and neighbouring regions – Niger,Chad and Cameroon – Norway, Nigeria, Germany and the United Nations have invited representatives…

Following humanitarian crises unfolding in Nigeria’s North-Eastern and neighbouring regions – Niger,Chad and Cameroon – Norway, Nigeria, Germany and the United Nations have invited representatives of the international community to Oslo on Friday, to raise funds and pledge their support to victims of the crisis, at the Oslo Humanitarian Conference.

The forum offers an opportunity to save lives and support millions of people in need in North-East Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region.

A release jointly signed by Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende; Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel; Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien, said: “We want to raise the awareness of this humanitarian crisis and call for urgent action.

“We must provide food to those in need. We must provide learning opportunities for millions of children and the youth who have been deprived of education. We must increase our protection of the most vulnerable- especially women and children-and ensure access for those most in need to receive humanitarian assistance.”

The release which said,in Nigeria alone, 26 million people live in the affected areas.11 million people in the region rely on humanitarian assistance and among them more than 7 million people are in need of urgent food assistance, also said: “In addition to providing urgent humanitarian response, it is important to address the root causes and break the cycle of terror, fragility,displacement, poverty and development deficits.”

While stating the need to do more in the area of prevention and stabilization to set the conditions for political solutions, the release said: “The United Nations estimates that more than 1.5 billion USD is required for 2017 alone to support the most vulnerable people in this region,” adding that,“Without stability and development, human suffering will not come to an end.”

Explaining the genesis of the initiative, the release said: “Last year, the humanitarian community came together with affected governments, civil society, development actors, donors, and private sector representatives at the World Humanitarian Summit and committed itself to a ‘New Way of Working’ to strengthen the way we assist people in need, including by helping them to become more self-reliant in the long term.

“Many donors and humanitarian organisations also signed on to the Grand Bargain to provide this assistance more effectively and efficiently. In this spirit, we aim to build bridges at the Oslo Humanitarian Conference. We aim to strengthen local actors and the ownership of the governments in the response and recovery phase.”
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