By Sageer Kabeer
Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima is attending a high level conference on the Lake Chad region in Germany, his spokesperson Isa Gusau has said.
The conference is holding at the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, Germany. The conference is jointly organised by the United Nations, Government of Germany, Nigeria and Norway.
Gusau said the conference aims to increase global advocacy and increased access to funding for the UN and other Humanitarian agencies undertaking emergency, livelihoods and protection activities for victims of Boko Haram insurgency.
According to the UN, millions of people in Africa’s Lake Chad region (north-east Nigeria and parts of Niger, Chad and Cameroon) are facing a profound and protracted humanitarian crisis driven by extreme poverty, climate change and violent conflict.
The crisis has led to massive internal and cross-border displacement of 2.4 million people, destruction of livelihoods, disruption of local governance systems, human rights abuses, and disruption of health, education and other basic services.
More than 10 million vulnerable people need life-saving humanitarian assistance and protection today. Women and children are particularly hard hit. The entire region need inclusive governance systems, better social services delivery, sustainable natural resources management and more livelihoods opportunities. A forward-looking, comprehensive response to the crises which bring together humanitarian and development actors is vital for the future of the people in the region.
In February 2017, a conference on the Lake Chad region co-hosted by Germany, Nigeria, Norway, and the United Nations took place in Oslo. Donors pledged US$672 million to emergency assistance and support in 2017 and beyond. The humanitarian response was scaled up significantly: more than six million people were reached with assistance in 2017, and a famine was averted in northeast Nigeria.
Governor Shettima was in line with global best practices, invited by the UN to join the advocacy in the presence of donor countries. Funds donated are normally released to UN Humanitarian agencies and other actors. Governor Shettima’s role is to facilitators access to funding for the benefit of victims in Borno State and other parts of the Northeast. His passionate contributions are normally valuable to the UN and donor countries.