ABUJA, (CAJ News) – LOCAL and international stakeholders will meet in Maiduguri next week as part of plans to bring relief, restoration and rehabilitation back to internally displaced people in the Northeast Nigeria.
Laolu Akande, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s spokesperson, said the forum scheduled for the Borno State capital from Tuesday would ensure an efficient coordination and create synergy of purpose in the humanitarian intervention efforts for the area.
The synergy will be between the Federal Government and non-governmental organisations.
Titled the North-East Humanitarian Multi-Stakeholder Engagement, it will be held under the theme, Coordination, Communication and Cooperation.
The Presidency and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are coordinating the forum.
Akande said the forum was expected to establish a framework for coordination by bringing key stakeholders together to produce a blueprint for best practices and ensure an articulated response to emergencies and humanitarian challenges like the present situation in the three most affected states of the Northeast, namely Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.
The interactive forum with relevant international and local NGOs, development partners, aid and donor agencies is expected to create an enabling platform to discuss the most efficient approaches to adopt towards complementing efforts of the Federal and State Governments with specialized services in the affected areas and thereby ensure a sustained and coherent system for social services delivery in the region.
Akande said it would put in focus, the desirability for complementary, results-driven, goals-targeted collaboration of efforts among the Federal and State Governments, Non Governmental Organizations’ and other stakeholders within the framework of the Federal Government’s plan in both the short and long term.
The forum, Akande said, would also strengthen stakeholders’ coordination and management efforts, in order to ensure that NGOs are provided with adequate capacity for optimal service delivery as well as services provided by these NGOs having the widest impact in target areas.
Participating NGOs will be eligible for the grants programme of the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE), a programme designed to run for 12 months with the goal of increasing the impact of NGO activities in the Northeast.
– CAJ News