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UN Secretary General Begins Humanitarian Assessment In Borno

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The United Nations under Secretary-General for Safety and Security, Gilles Michaud has begun the humanitarian assessment needs of 1.7 million Internally Displaced Persons in Borno.

The over a decade long Boko Haram insurgency has claimed 36,000 lives with property worth 3.42 trillion naira in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

While stating this to Governor Babagana Zulum in Maiduguri, he said his visit was to oversee humanitarian activities undertaken by agencies of the UN in different parts of the state.

According to him, this is in line with needs of persons affected by the insurgency crisis.

Zulum also thanked Michaud for the visit and lauded the UN for the far-reaching contributions of its agencies.

He however raised concern on issues of accountability by some of the NGOs operating in the state.

According to him, some of the NGOs are not genuine to be tamed and know exactly who the right ones are.

He said that some of the partners are working on their own without recourse to the government and its people.

There are a number of good humanitarian actors especially the UN agencies like UNDP, the UNICEF, UNHCR and host of other development partners like the EU.

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