LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has pledged to continue mobilising emergency support to help address the ongoing humanitarian situation in North East Nigeria.
The assurance follows the OIC Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs, Ambassador Hameed Opeloyeru, leading an inter-agency OIC delegation that paid a recent visit to Nigeria.
The objective of the visit was to assess the humanitarian needs of Nigeria, in the wake of the dire humanitarian conditions consequent to the terrorist activities of the Boko Haram militants and to explore ways and means of scaling up intra-OIC support for thousadns of refugees.
The visit was in line with the commitment made by OIC Secretary General, Iyad Ameen Madani during his audience with President Muhammadu Buhari in Makkah, Saudi Arabia in February.
During the visit to Nigeria the OIC delegation reviewed the current level of cooperation between Nigeria and OIC, ranging from development, accession to OIC instruments and other outstanding areas of joint collaboration.
In their deliberations with various Nigerian Authorities, the delegation presented an expose of the various on-going and proposed humanitarian and development responses of the OIC in both the North East and other parts of Nigeria.
On its part, one of the OIC’s specialized institutions – the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group – confirmed the on-going execution of a Bi-lingual Education Programme in some states including Adamawa, Borno and Gombe. The support totals US$98 million.
The IDB has also successfully completed an Agricultural Productivity Enhancement Project in Adamawa, Gombe and Yobe and similar projects are under formulation in the Northeast in the context of the Government’s diversification agenda through agriculture.
The Islamic militant Boko Haram has killed 20 000 and displaced over 3 million civilians.
– CAJ News