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North-East Nigeria: $1bn needed to cater for 6.4 million people in 2021 – UN

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The humanitarian community in Nigeria, led by the United Nations (UN), and the federal government officially launched the north-east Nigeria Humanitarian Response Plan for 2021 on Tuesday.

The plan requests US$1billion to enable partners to provide critical services to the 6.4 million most vulnerable people, among a total of 8.7 million people in need of some form of assistance.

Edward Kallon, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, reiterated that the crisis in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe States, remains one of the largest in the world and continues to have a profound impact on the country and the people.

Kallon noted that 2021 marks the twelfth year of the conflict and the sixth year of the international community working together with the government to provide humanitarian support.

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The UN chief recalled last year was very challenging for vulnerable people in north-east Nigeria due to the COVID-19 pandemic, insecurity, violence and climate change.

The world body assured that the humanitarian community remains committed to working closely with the government to reduce protection risks, provide livelihood opportunities, basic services, including shelter, health, water, sanitation and education.

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Kallon said the main thrust of the operation in 2021 will be to provide lifesaving and life-sustaining support to people who are displaced, host communities, and others affected by the crisis.

“This includes improving the living conditions in camps through decongestion and enhancing the quality of services. We will continue to prioritize prevention, development where feasible and humanitarian assistance where needed”, he added.

“The requirements for this 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan reflect a growing need, while we know that the available resources will very likely not be commensurate with those needs”, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq said.

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One of the steps, according to Farouq, include the inauguration of the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee, Nigeria’s highest national advisory body on humanitarian activities.

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