UN Seeks $1.1bn to Curtail Humanitarian Challenges in N’East in 2018

By Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
The United Nations on Thursday said the situation of Nigeria’s North-east remains very much fragile as any effort to stop the huge humanitarian efforts to the zone may reverse the whole area to the dark age of 2015/2016 when it was on the precipice.
Speaking at a press conference in Maiduguri, the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said to address the numerous humanitarian challenges in the North-east, the organisation needs $1.1 billion in 2018.
He said an appeal of $1.1 billion is going to  be made for 2018 to provide for the 6.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the crisis ridden North-east.
Kallon said the situation “is still very fragile and if nothing is done it can slip back, insisting that the cooperation and partnership of all stakeholders are still needed to pilot the ship”.
He said: “We thank the donors for their assistance. They have all added to make the North-east Nigeria appeal the 5th most funded appeal in the world.”
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