Presidency says UN commends FG on efforts in North East

The Presidency on Tuesday said the United Nations has commended the Federal Government’s efforts to improve
humanitarian support in the North East.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said this in a statement titled “UN commends FG on improvement of humanitarian access in North-East.”

Adesina said the commendation came amidst international concerns on the activities of terrorists and violent extremist groups in the region.

He quoted the UN as saying that the present regime “has taken important steps to improve access to people in need.”

He said the commendation was made by the UN secretariat in a briefing last week by the Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock to the UN Security Council.

Adesina quoted Lowcock as saying, “I am pleased to report we have had constructive engagements in recent days with the Nigerian authorities, and the government has taken important steps to improve access to people in need, which we look forward to building on further.”

He said  Lowcock had indicated earlier that “In North-East Nigeria, as we told you…violence by extremist non-state armed groups is largely responsible for driving up humanitarian need.”

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