Boko Haram: Borno to screen aid groups

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Borno Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, says the state government will screen all humanitarian aid groups working in the state to ascertain their relevance to the counter-insuegency efforts against Boko Haram.

He spoke on Wednesday hosted in Maiduguri, the presidential opening of A three-day international workshop on cilvil security cooperation in humanitarian
interventions in the northeast of Nigeria.

The three-day workshop, organised by the federal government, had in attendance the Minister of Defence, retired General Bashir Magashi who represented President Muhammadu Buhari while
ministers of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouk coordinated the workshop with minister of state budget and national planning Mr. Clement Agba in attendance.

In his message, delivered by the Defence minister, Buhari called for enhanced cooperation between the military in its counter insurgency operations and humanitarian actors helping to supply aids to victims of terror attacks.

Zulum emphasised the need for proper coordination of all the humanitarian interventions in the state.

The governor also reiterated his administration’s resolve to understand all forms of interventions offered by the various humanitarian actors in the ztate.

“We must know who is working in our state, where they work and what support, they offer,” Zulum said.

Similarly, Governor Zulum also acknowledged the support from international partners, United Nations, INGOs and all the stakeholders in the humanitarian sector.

He also applauded the efforts of the Nigerian military in the decade-long insurgency in the North-East.

In his remark, the UN resident humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Sir Edward Kallon, gave the assurance that it would operate within the framework provided by government.

Kallon also commended the federal government for organising this workshop, which he described as timely.

Four papers focusing on strategies to enhance cooperation between the military and humanitarian aid workers were presented by officials of the United Nations and the military involved in civil-Security collaboration as well as guest speakers.