Islamic group to support humanitarian situation in North East

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North East Nigeria

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has
reiterated its commitment to continue to mobilise
emergency support to help in addressing the
ongoing humanitarian situation in North East
Nigeria.

This was disclosed in a press statement by Ms
Maha Akeel, the director of public information
department, OIC general secretariat, Jeddah.
Mr Hameed Opeloyeru, the organisation’s assistant
secretary general for economic affairs, made the
statement after leading an inter-agency OIC
delegation that paid a five-day visit to Nigeria from
July 17 to July 21.
The objective of the visit was to assess the
humanitarian needs of Nigeria, in the wake of the
dire humanitarian conditions consequent to the
terrorist activities of the Boko Haram militants and
to explore ways and means of scaling up intra-OIC
support for the multitude of Internally Displaced
Persons (IDPs) in the affected North Eastern parts
of Nigeria.

The visit was in line with the commitment made by
Iyad Ameen Madani, OIC secretary general, during
his audience with President Muhammadu Buhari in
Makkah, Saudi Arabia on 25 February.
During the visit to Nigeria the OIC delegation
reviewed the current level of cooperation between
Nigeria and OIC, ranging from development,
accession to OIC instruments and other
outstanding areas of joint collaboration.
In their deliberations with various Nigerian
authorities, the delegation presented an expose of
the various on-going and proposed humanitarian
and development responses of the OIC in both the
North East and other parts of Nigeria.
On its part, one of the OIC’s specialized
institutions, the Islamic Development Bank (IDB)
Group confirmed the on-going execution of a bi-
lingual education programme in nine states of
Nigeria, including the affected North eastern states
of Gombe, Borno and Adamawa, totaling $98.07
million.

The IDB has also successfully completed an
agricultural productivity enhancement project in
Adamawa, Gombe and Yobe and similar projects
are under formulation in the Northeast in the
context of the government’s diversification agenda
through agriculture.
Under its “lives and livelihoods fund”, the IDB
along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will
provide project and micro financing facilities for
agricultural and rural development and food
security for North East, through the pastoral
livestock system, family enterprises and inputs and
output markets for crops.
The foregoing is in addition to the Bank’s
integrated rural development and water supply and
sanitation projects in Jigawa, Illesa and Zaria.
Similar development projects in Nigeria were
showcased during the visit, including some of the
IDB’s work program for 2016. They are:
dualisation of Bida-Mina road, Niger state,
rehabilitation of Abakaliki road, Ebonyi state; and
PPP for the second Niger bridge.

The proposed actions by Islamic, educational,
scientific and cultural organisation ISESCO, another
OIC specialized institution represented on the
delegation, include support for modernisation of
traditional education in Nigeria, a training
programme on the management of income-
generating small businesses for women in
northern Nigeria and regional expert meeting on
mapping agriculture, livelihood and initiative for
food security among others.
On its part, the humanitarian department of the OIC
general secretariat emphasized the desire to
acquire sufficient data on the humanitarian
situation in North East, while impressing on the
appropriate Nigerian authorities to allow access to
the various camps for delivery of humanitarian
assistance by the various member organizations of
the OIC consultative humanitarian group.
During the visit, the delegation received first-hand
information on the humanitarian and post-recovery
needs assessment of Nigeria, following its
audiences with the senior special assistant to the
president on IDPs, and director of the National
Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The delegation secured the commitment of the
appropriate Nigerian Authorities to remove
obstacles facing shipment of humanitarian supplies
to Nigeria as well as access to IDP camps by
partner organisations.
The team also had audiences with the Minister of
Foreign Affairs, and the Minister of State for Foreign
Affairs, and the Permanent Secretaries of the
Ministries of Science and Technology; and
Agriculture and Rural Development among others.
Members of the inter-agency OIC delegation
include Dr. Mahmoud Y. Compaore, of OIC
Department of Political Affairs, Mr. Abdoulaye Kebe,
of the OIC Department of Humanitarian Affairs, Mr.
Abdallah M. Kiliaki and Mr. Nasir S. Ingawa of IDB
Group Country Gateway Office, Abuja, Nigeria and
Dr. Abdul Aziz Yaouba, Program Specialist,
ISESCO.

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