A 27-man National Humanitarian Co-ordination Technical Working Group (NHCTWG) has been inaugurated to provide technical support to the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee (NHCC) constituted by President Muhammadu Buhari to oversee all humanitarian actions in the country.
Members of the critical stakeholders include commissioners in charge of Humanitarian issues in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states; heads of NEMA, NEDC and NCFRMI; representatives of operations of the Armed Forces, the European Union Commission, United States Agency for International Development and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The Working Group which was inaugurated on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, by the Minister of Humanitarian Affair, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, is expected to enhance coordination and seamless delivery of humanitarian aid to affected communities in the country.
At the inauguration, the Minister charged the members to ensure the implementation of all NHCC recommendations related to the operationalization of the CiSEC framework and guidelines and to propose a national vision for humanitarian action.
“It is important that you understand that your Committee will not only cater to the North East but will take into context, Nigeria as a whole.
“Your Terms of Reference also include a proposal of policies that will enhance coordination and seamless delivery of humanitarian aid to affected communities in the country; Ensure that CiSEC guidelines and related action plans reflect adherence to humanitarian principles and best practices while engaging all parties in crisis response situations, taking cognisance of Nigeria’s national security interests.”
Hajiya Umar Farouq also emphasized the need to ensure that functional engagements between security and humanitarian actors remain consistent with the principles under the CiSEC framework and also promote advocacy on humanitarian access, protection and logistics issues as required.
In his acceptance speech, the Chairman of the Working, Mr Grema Ali, who is also the Permanent Secretary overseeing the Ministry, applauded the Minister for the privilege to serve in the group.
“Thank you for finding us worthy of working in this technical group and for the confidence reposed in us. By the grace of God, we shall not disappoint you,” Mr Ali said.