UK seeks to know Nigeria’s commitment to $900m pledge to IDPs

UK seeks collaboration with Borno govt to assist IDPs

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno on Tuesday received the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Harriet Thompson in Maiduguri, Borno state.

According to Shettima, the British commissioner and her team were in the state to seek for areas of intervention and collaboration.

Settima told Harriet that the state has been in partnership with DFID, which has been assisting the state and the commission is welcome any time its deed fit. He stressed that the assistance provided by other organisation and western ambassadors focuses on the immediate needs of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.

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Governor Shettima added that the challenges of the IDPs are humongous and requires attention and support. According to him, the displaced persons living outside the camps who have not been capture by any social safety intervention outweighs those in the camps the camp in a ratio of three is to one. The governor said, in the next 30 to 60 day he is re-directing his attention to the non-captured IDPs . He explained that the individuals are in dire need of help – some of whom have resulted to begging.

On her Part, Ms Harriet told the governor that most of the people they have spoken to wants to return home but are constraints. She noted that the approached that DFID is taking on behalf of the UK government is to support the intervention process and also the transition in term of development and education.

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Harriet said, as an upshot of the Oslo conference the UK pledged additional 100 million pounds to support intervention efforts. She however asked the governor if the government of Nigeria has commenced the released of her pledge of 900 million USD.

Responding, Shettima told Harriet of the Acting President’s effort in establishing an orphanage school in Maiduguri to which he has already given out a piece of land. adding that the effort is aimed at scaling up the intervention. He assured the commissioner that the government would flood the state with relief items.

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