Yobe Govt. organises retreat for humanitarian agencies

Damaturu, March 22, 2017 (TNE) The Yobe Government on Wednesday began a three -day retreat for local and international humanitarian agencies to chart a road map for coordination of humanitarian services for post-conflict recovery and reconstruction in the North-East.

On the occasion, Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam said the retreat for the major stakeholders became necessary as the focus on people displaced by insurgency was shifting from distribution of relief materials to resettlement and reconstruction.

“This gathering is aware that given the monumental humanitarian crisis before us, no government agency or Non-Governmental Organisation, however endowed, can handle the situation alone.

”This informs the need for galvanising local, national and global support in addressing the numerous challenges,” he said.

He said the retreat would open a window of opportunity for government, development partners, humanitarian bodies and individuals to explore areas of intervention.

Alhaji Sani Sidi, Director-General NEMA, stressed the importance of the retreat saying, it would harmonise consolidation of various interventions by the humanitarian organisations.

“I am glad to say that the Yobe example of hosting displaced persons in communities rather than camps has become a global role model,” Sidi said.

The Deputy Governor of the state, Abubakar Aliyu, who is also Chairman, State Committee on Resettlement of IDPs, said the retreat would define the expected roles and clear synergy among federal and state government agencies, development partners and other stakeholders.

Aliyu said the retreat would fashion out a comprehensive document on post-insurgency Intervention plan to cover various sectors of intervention.

Alhaji Musa Jidawa, Executive Secretary, Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said the retreat would centre on coordination of agencies, strategies for recovery plan, socio-economic growth and monitoring to facilitate the reconstruction process.

Stakeholders at the retreat include; Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative, Victims Support Fund and five State Emergency Management Agencies in the North-East.

Others are; The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), United Nations agencies, NGOs, community leaders and victims of insurgency. (TNE)

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