By Dauda Iliya
The North East Development Commission NEDC says it has taken deliberate steps to respond to threats of food and nutrition insecurity in the region.
According to a report by United Nations, Borno state government and other partners, over 2.6 million people are at risk of facing food crisis in the state.
Managing Director of the Commission Alhaji Mohammed Akali made this known during a roundtable meeting with stakeholders on the humanitarian situation in the North East.
Alhaji Alkali said the Commission is currently mobilising resources to stockpile food items with a view to intervene in an event of emergency.
“With the Cadre Harmonize report and what is being discussed with stakeholders, we will see where the gaps are and what kind of food to be stockpile, we can do so, so that when the incident happen, we pray that it shouldn’t happen, we will be able to respond positively “.
The Managing Director stressed the need for a coordinated approach by a all actors in the humanitarianism and development cycle while responding to the needs of victims of Boko Haram insurgency in order to achieve maximum results.
He remarked that North East Development Commission which is the leading coordinating and intervention agency will henceforth convene bimonthly meeting as agreed by the stakeholders, to identify gaps, avoid duplication of responsibility to improve well-being of the IDPs.
Executive Director Humanitarian Affairs of the Commission Malam Musa Yashi said the meeting was initiated to discuss ways of streamlining the operations of all humanitarian activities in the region.
In their various contributions, representatives of State Emergency Management Agencies from Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states and other partners all stressed the need for coordination meeting.
They called on NEDC to scale up intervention in areas of provision of shelter, livelihood support, water, sanitation and hygiene as well as improved healthcare in camps and host communities
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