By:Babagana Bukar Wakil Ngala, Maiduguri
The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Edward Kallon has said that the humanitarian crises are about to cease with strong institutions in the Northeast.
According to him, the challenges are being overcome with the establishment of North East Development Commission (NEDC) and Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs. He said that the implementation of strategic humanitarian policies that mitigate conflicts and disasters in insurgency affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY).
The 12-year conflict has killed over 36,000 people with destruction of property worth $9.2 billion (N3.42 trillion) in Borno Adamawa and Yobe states. Kallon spoke in Maiduguri, while handing over 1,000 houses to the Borno State Government by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouk for Ngwom IDP returnees.
Kallon said he is here at a critical milestone in search of a solution to these conflicts in Northeast Nigeria,” he said, noting that having spent about five years in the region, there is light at the end of the tunnel for peace.
Stressing that , What they have witnessed today, is what he have described in my memoirs that he we have been writing.
He noted that peace and development could not take place without strong institutions in any country”.