LAGOS, (CAJ News) – BUKOLA Saraki, the Senate President, has commended the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for continuing to provide relief assistance to millions in the Northeast despite the recent attack on its relief convoy in Borno State.
Two aid workers, a contractor and two soldiers were injured when assailants suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists attacked a humanitarian convoy on its way to Maiduguri, the state capital, from Bama.
The convoy included staff from UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund and the International Organisation for Migration.
Following this attack, UNICEF announced the temporarily suspension of humanitarian assistance missions pending review of the security situation in the Northeast.
It has since rescinded the suspension.
“UNICEF’s decision to press on in the North East despite (last) Thursday’s attack is truly commendable,” said Saraki.
“On our part, the Nigerian government must back the resolve of our international partners with greater coordination platforms in terms of security for aid workers and thorough mandate mapping exercises to ensure that we are meeting the needs of those in crisis areas.”
In recent months, UNICEF has warned that 244 000 children suffering from acute malnutrition in Borno State would die if they did not receive appropriate treatment.
Last month, Saraki led a delegation to refugee camps in Maiduguri where he pledged the Senate would work on expediting the passage of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) Bill and look into the issue of malnutrition
and shortage of medical supplies in the region.
The NEDC Bill aims to create a multi-state platform for the coordination of relief and donations to the zone.
– CAJ News