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UN Under Secretary General visit Borno

UN Under-Secretary-General and Humanitarian Response Coordinator Mr Martin Griffith during a courtesy visit to Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum at Government House Maiduguri. Photo: Dauda Iliya

The United Nations says it will continue to partner with the Federal and Borno state governments to restore the livelihood of people devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency. 

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr Martin Griffiths stated this when he led a high-level UN delegation on a courtesy visit to Borno state Governor, Babagana Zulum at Government House Maiduguri. 

Mr. Griffiths explained that his visit to Borno is to assess the humanitarian situation and how to sustain the relative peace in the state. 

The UN Under-Secretary-General said he has also visited Bama town and interacted with IDPs, expressing delight at how the peace and economic situation is gradually improving.

“returning this society to a place where families can depend their children going to school, where livelihood can be assured for all, where peace is as much a part of community life as is development, this is a vision for the future” Mr Griffiths noted.

Mr. Martin Griffiths expressed the commitment of the humanitarian community to continue to provide assistance to people in need.

Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum thanked the UN system for its continued support.

He called on the United Nations and other partners to step up intervention in official camps outside Maiduguri where one million people are in need of assistance. 

“We called on all our support partners to channel and align their support towards improving the livelihoods of our people who have been resettled, we recognise that there is much more to be done and we cannot do it alone,” Zulum said. 

Governor Babagana Zulum emphasised that the focus of his administration is how to address the root causes of the insurgency, that is, addressing the infrastructural deficit, climate vulnerability and increasing rate of poverty. 

Reporting by Dauda Iliya; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino