United Nations, UN Country Representative, Mr. Dauda Toure, has declared that Nigeria has the highest number of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in the world, numbering 1.5million.
He stated this yesterday in Abuja in a goodwill message to mark the 2015 World Humanitarian Day organised by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA. Toure commended NEMA for playing critical roles in Nigeria’s relief intervention, but stressed the need to scale up response to crisis.
He added that one major task for NEMA is accessing the victims as most of them are not in camps but in rural communities.
The UN chief added that NEMA needs more resources to intervene in the areas of education and health and appealed to international community and non-governmental organisations to make more resources to rebuild the means of livelihood for the victims of insurgency in the North-East zone, adding that the region has a lot of potential for its speedy development.
In his opening remark, the Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Sani Sidi, said that the World Humanitarian Day is a universal event scheduled for August 19 of every year. He said that it is a day set aside by the UN General Assembly since 2008 to celebrate the gallantry of humanitarian services providers who had lost their lives or survived different threats to life while providing humanitarian services to persons caught in the web of natural or human-induced disasters, especially in violent conflict situations.
Sidi noted that the theme of the event: “Inspiring the World’s Humanity” is intended to inspire action by people around the world to demonstrate and demand greater humanity and create widespread support for human action.
He said that it requires mobilisation of a greater and more active global citizenship to advocate for a peaceful and humane world.
“The world, which is now noted to be more volatile due to prevailing complex emergencies has placed serious burden on humanitarian workers who are working in the risky environments in various countries to bring hope to the people affected by disasters. This is the time to show solidarity and commend their efforts,” he said.