United Nations (UN) Assistant Secretary-General and regional humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel, Mr. Toby Lanzer said on Friday that there is a dissatisfaction with the level of humanitarian assistance given to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bama camp, Borno State.
Lanzer led a team of UN delegation and officials of the Borno State government to Bama, to celebrate the 2016 world humanitarian day.
He said much more was needed to be done for the IDPs. Bama is one of the towns in Borno State that have suffered the worst of Boko Haram destructions.
It gained global attention when over 100 persons were reported killed by starvation and malnutrition about three months ago.
Lanzer said: “I am happy with what the United Nations and her partners have done to help the people of Bama. But I think we still have quite a road to travel.
“I am still not satisfied entirely and I will be calling for more assistance whether in demand for education, whether to make sure that all of your sisters and wives can give birth in a clean and safe environment; to make sure that people have roof over their heads or food in their stomachs or have access to their affairs so that they can help themselves.
“This is the aspiration of the United Nations and her partners. May they be able to share in this endeavour and to support you.”
“On August 19 every year is the day when the United Nations and its partner mark the world humanitarian day.
“It is the day in 2003 that the UN office in Baghdad, Iraq was attacked by a suicide bomber; we lost 20 of our colleagues in one strike. And I know that you here, across the northeast of Nigeria particularly in areas such as Bama have identified with the sufferings of the incident of that nature because of the horrors Boko Haram inflicted on the communities in Borno State.
“I am delighted to be back. I was here with the governor in the first week of April. The Bama I witnessed in April is not the Bama of today. I sense progress; I can see that the army has made Bama more stable and secured. I am happy with what the United Nations and her partners have done a little bit to help.”
During the visit, clothes and shoes were distributed to children, men and women in the camp, a part of the N2 billion humanitarian aid donated by the charity foundation of Nigeria’s richest business man, Aliko Dangote.
Polio Vaccines were also administered to children under the age of five.