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We spent $900 million on humanitarian services in North East in 2017 — UN Deputy Secretary General

Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed
Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno State

The Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Hajiya Amina Mohammed has said the UN expended over $900 million in 2017 in humanitarian interventions and reconstruction efforts in the North-east.

Hajiya Amina Mohammed who disclosed this when she led a UN delegation on a courtesy call on Governor Kashim Shettima at the Government House Maiduguri on Thursday said more intervention funds are coming to the North-east in 2018.

The UN Deputy Secretary General said that she was in the state on an assessment visit to Bama to see the rebuilding efforts and humanitarian services going on by the United Nations family, Federal and State governments and other international donors.

“I was in Bama yesterday, I was impressed with the achievement recorded, as I was in Bama in 2016 and I saw the level of destruction there. I am quite impressed with the level of reconstruction so far,” the UN DSG stated.

She said “we have met with the military on the front-lines, we have met with the state government and other stakeholders and this afternoon we are going to meet with the Vice President. We will discuss the progress and challenges in the Northeast and how to improve on the humanitarian interventions”.

Responding, Governor Kashim Shettima commended the UN family for their humanitarian interventions in the North-east and Borno state in particular.

He said the state is giving more priority to the education sector through the building of orphanage schools for the victims of Boko Haram insurgents, as according to him, education is the greatest game changer.

The UN DSG, in company of Governor Kashim Shettima, on Wednesday was on an assessment visit to Bama, the town which witnessed the worst destruction by Boko Haram terrorists.

While in Bama, the Borno state Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement of Boko Haram victims, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum who briefed DSG on reconstruction efforts by the Borno State government, stated that 11,000 private homes, 170 classrooms and other school buildings in 11 schools, township electrification and rehabilitation of 10 boreholes have so far been achieved in Bama.

The DSG was accompanied by the minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and Nigerian (Country) Representative of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Mairo Mandara on board helicopter provided by the UN Humanitarian Air Services.

The delegation also visited the headquarters of the 21 Armored Brigade where they were received by the Brigade Commander Brigadier General G.B Audu, represented by the Brigade’s Chief of Staff, Col. A.A Adekeye who briefed them on the military’s operations, clearance of mines, providing security to IDPs, providing support for unaccompanied children as well as providing free medical healthcare.

The military declared Bama largely safe but noted challenges around farmlands located in bushes, where there is need for more clearance of possible land mines. ‎The commander solicited UN’s support in the area of clearing mines around farmlands to fast track return of IDPs.

The DSG promised to report her findings to the UN headquarters in New York, United States of America with a view to having interventions from the UN scaled up to complete efforts of Borno State Government, the Federal Government, and any partner involved in providing support.

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