The United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, has said that $1.2 billion (N553.2b) is required for urgent humanitarian needs in the North East.
According to him, the region is facing one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises, adding that 5.4 million people are in need of assistance in 2023.
Schmale, in a statement, on Friday, in Maiduguri, disclosed that: “The scale of suffering borne everyday by women, men and children in Borno State, is alarming with enormous distress.” He also attributed the humanitarian needs to the war in Ukraine and the impact of climate change in the horn of Africa.
Besides, he added that in 2023, there is concern that the North East and Burkina Faso will experience extreme hunger.
“This could slip into famine, if conditions worsen among the vulnerable groups in the region,” he warned. He noted that Adamawa and Yobe states remain undiminished, as urgent action is needed now, more than ever.
“The needs of 5.4 million people in the region will require about $ 1.2b (N553.2b),” he said. Schmale said humanitarian community with government and humanitarian partners are to address the needs and advocate for the survival, wellbeing and dignity of the affected people in crisis
He said: “Without them, we would not be able to support the government in addressing humanitarian needs in Nigeria.”
He further disclosed that the 2023 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) would be launched.
“The humanitarian community will take collective action to save people’s lives and protect the most vulnerable,” he assured.