United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, has raised concerns over impending hunger against four million people as a result of prolonged Boko Haram/ ISWAP insurgency in the Northeast.
Kallon raised the concern yesterday at a three-day Joint Planning Board JPB/NCDP meeting organised by the federal ministry of finance in conjunction with the Borno State ministry of finance, budget and economic planning held at the Government House, Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
He said the UN will commence a new cycle of humanitarian programme planning for 2022 and beyond to reduce needs, risks and vulnerabilities of the affected people and provide durable solutions where feasible and safe to do.
“This is happening against a backdrop of a combination of escalating conflict, displacement and loss of livelihoods from COVID-19, and a looming food insecurity and nutrition crisis that is putting at high risks as many as 4.4 million people threatened to face acute hunger at the peak of the lean season and well into the rainy season,” Kallon said.
The secretary to the Borno State Government, Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa, while declaring the meeting open, tasked the state and local governments to develop robust economic diversification strategy for sustainable growth and development.
He said the annual meeting of Joint Planning Board and National Council on Development Planning organised by Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning and state governments is aimed at fashioning out effective strategies for the formulation and implementation of National Development Plans to enhance economic growth.