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2016 World Humanitarian Day: FG, Donors Rally Support For Victims

Nigeria, like the rest of the World on Friday marked the 2016 Humanitarian Day with the theme, ‘One Humanity’ as the federal government and its strategic donors rally support for victims of humanitarian challenges.
Delivering a keynote address at the event in Abuja, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented by his adviser on Monitoring and Evaluation of IDP programme, Vice President Office, Dr. Olufemi Osanyilolu said, “there was need for massive awareness of Nigerians about the state of IDPs and the support they need.”
Osinbajo said, “People in the North East will soon be set free” with the intensified efforts of the military in fighting the insurgents.
According to him, “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”.
While urging for continuous support for the IDPs the vice president said, “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.”
He also urged humanitarian agencies to continue support for the Victims in the North East region of the country.
He said, “The Federal Government apart from supporting the teeming IDPs in the north East region has demonstrated high level commitment with neighboring countries like Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic. International organizations 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” he added
Also speaking, Country Director, Oxfam Nigeria, Jang Rogge, said, “Oxfam currently reaches out to 250, 000 Nigerian displaced families, and by the end of next year (2017) will reach out to 1.5 million people”
He said, “For this to be achieved the security situation needs to improve because the violence continues to make it difficult for us and other agencies to reach out 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.
“The heroes in the North East are those communities that continue to host the IDPs without asking for anything in return.”

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