NEDC, Stakeholders to Tackle Project Duplications in North-East
EMERGENCY DIGEST- The North East Development Commission(NEDC) has organised a stakeholders forum as part of efforts to tackle project duplication among humanitariian actors in the region.
The develolment is part of NEDC’s plan to assess, coordinate and harmonize all intervention programs and initiatives in the Northeast.
The Meeting which was held at the NEDC headquarters in Maiduguri Borno State had in attendance representatives from the United Nations, directors of Emergency Management Agencies of the Northeast states of Gombe, Bauchi, Taraba, Yobe, Borno and Adamawa as well as the Zonal Coordinator National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Addressing the roundtable the managing director NEDC Mohammed Goni Alkali said one of the reasons for the meeting is to avoid “duplication of projects and interventions” in the Northeast zone. He highlighted the importance of synergy and coordination between humanitarian actors to work together and deliver on their mandate. Alkali also spoke on the need to sustain all coordinated effort as the scope of humanitarian activities is getting wider.
Delivering his speech, the Executive Director Humanitarian Affairs (NEDC) Mallam Musa Umar Yashi said ” as participants in humanitarian and disaster relief operations we can all agree that humanitarian management would have been an impossible task if not for the involvement of multiple stakeholders with different expertise”. Stating that the “commission has undertaken many projects with non-governmental organization in the area of Mine Risk Education” (MRE).
Mallam Yashi also spoke on the proposed quarterly humanitarian coordination forum to be instituted and shouldered by the Commission. He went further to enjoin all stakeholders to key into the National Humanitarian Development peace Framework 2021-2025 which is being drafted and developed by the National Humanitarian Coordination Technical Working Group (NHCTWG).
Mallam Umar Yashi said, “since inception, the commission has supported the six-member states with food and non-food relief materials for distribution to victims of the insurgency and other vulnerable groups in the zone”. The roundtable discussion is now geared towards extending the required support not only to states but “also various Federal Government Agencies in the area of peacebuilding, public enlightenment and deradicalization.
On their part, SEMA directors from the Northeastern states, relevant donor partners and working groups reiterated their commitment to working with the NEDC towards achieving its mandate. They took turn to discuss the current humanitarian situation which centred around water and sanitation hygiene (WASH), health and nutrition, protection, food security, shelter and non-food items and education in emergency.