By Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
United Nations has decried that 32 per cent of the fund needed to provide life-saving aids across the crisis ravaged North-east Nigeria in 2017 have not been contributed.
In the latest North-east Nigeria Situation Update released by the UN- Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) revealed that an appeal of $1.05 billion was made in 2017 to reach 6.5 million people in dire need of life-saving aid across north-east Nigeria.
This made the appeal the fourth largest single-country appeal globally in 2017.
The UN in the North-east Nigeria Humanitarian Situation Update for October 2017 stated that: â€œAs of 20 November, $715 million (68 per cent) of the needed funds have been received, according to the funding levels reported on the Financial Tracking Service (FTS).â€
It said: â€œSince its official launch in May, the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF), one of the worldâ€™s 18 country-based pooled funds, has received $36 million, from Sweden, Germany, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, the Republic of Korea, Canada, Luxembourg, the Arab Gulf Program for Development, Malta, Azerbaijan and Sri Lanka.â€
It added, in the update, that in September, a second NHF 2017 standard allocation for $15 million was launched and was to be disbursed by the end of November 2017.
The UN also said in order to mitigate the trauma caused by conflict in the region, â€œEducation in Emergency partners are strongly emphasizing the need to train teachers and volunteers in psycho-social support. In October, more than 2,700 teachers were trained, bringing the total to 11,500 since January.â€
It said: â€œGiven the high number of schools destroyed by the conflict in the North -east, the sector continues to focus on the rehabilitation of educational structures. In October, repairs started on 105 permanent classrooms across Borno (49), Yobe (29), and Adamawa (27).
â€œIn addition, 118 semi-permanent classrooms (reinforced/improved temporary learning spaces) are under construction in Borno to ensure wider access to education, in Dikwa, Bama, Ngala, Rann and Gwoza, among other locations.â€