* To Partner With Govt in De- radicalization of Militants*
Tony Ailemen, Abuja
The United Nations Development Programme, UNDP in Nigeria has set aside the sum of $248 million to tackle poverty, enhance development and inclusive growth in the north east for the year, 2016.
This is just as the organization said it has targeted inclusive growth, early warnings and quick response to tackling humanitarian challenges, Agricultural Supplier Development, fight against corruption and Strengthening democratic governance as major areas of concentration amongst others in 2016.
Ms. Fatma Samoura, UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria disclosed this at a Media briefing with Journalists in Abuja, Thursday.
She disclosed that about 2.2 million people in the North East are facing humanitarian crises, adding that the fund represent just about 25% of the UNDP budget for the entire country.
“We are working to address the humanitarian crises in the North East, an area that was considered to have been the most neglected”
“But on the overall, we are also currently working in the 18 States in Nigeria. We have the competencies, budget and the expertise to tackle these issues but we are also partnering with the government at various levels to ensure that we tackle issues that led to the crises in the region”
She however called on Nigerian government to strengthen the war against corruption as funding from donor nations into the country will continue to fall short of requirement due to increasing humanitarian crises globally.
Speaking further on the current efforts at de- radicalizing armed militants in the North East, Ms. Samoura declared that the UNDP has already commenced the process for building social cohesion, promoting inclusiveness and reducing poverty in the region
“We have already commenced the implementation of two projects which contributes to structural conflict prevention in the North East. These are on ‘Livelihood Support and Social Cohesion’ and the ‘De-Radicalization, Counter-Terrorism and Migration’ Projects”
“Within the year, we shall support the civil society organizations with grants, towards improving the quality of their engagement in the anti-corruption process in the country and in enhancing the transparency of public institutions. This would enhance the success of the on-going war against corruption, increase the rate of recovery of stolen public resources and enhance transparency”
“The issue of Conflict Prevention, Peace building, and Social Cohesion remains a critical area for us at UNDP and the UN at large. We will continue to provide support to the government in responding to emerging challenges; – we are redoubling our efforts and investing more in promoting peace because, as the former Secretary-General Kofi Annan once said, “there can be no development without peace, no peace without development, and none of these without respect for human rights”.
She disclosed that the UN efforts are directed at supporting and promoting peace building, conflict prevention and social cohesion, adding that ” this is packaged in the framework of a National Infrastructure for Peace in Nigeria. We want to use this framework to harness efforts at Federal, State, and Local Government areas, bringing together the relevant stakeholders.
She noted that some of the social conflicts, such as those between nomads and farmers can be reduced if nit totally avoided with early detection and warnings as well as ensuring quick response
” We will keep providing support towards enhancing our early warning and response mechanisms and programmes, and expand channels for dialogue aimed at peaceful co-existence”
“The UN, through its agencies (particularly the UNDP, the UN Women), in partnership with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (formerly of the Presidency and now hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and other development partners, have been working in this area and a draft National Peace Policy was produced. It is my wish that this policy will be approved by the relevant bodies so that we can rally support its implementation. I will like to emphasize the need for coordination amongst the various institutions and partners involved in one aspect of peace building and human security in order to maximize efforts and minimize duplication of resources”
“The UN, EU and WB in partnership with the Federal Government and the North-East State Governments (Governors) are currently reviewing and finalizing a Recovery and Peace-Building Assessment (RPBA) report on the situation in the region. It is my wish that this joint exercise will continue to cement our partnerships and complementarity in accompanying Nigeria on its path to recovery, peace and development”
“Our strategy for crisis response emphasizes predictability, speed, effectiveness and a whole-of-UNDP approach. Strong partnerships with other organizations, a clear link to humanitarian activities, recovery planning and effective transition to sustainable development strengthen this approach.”
” In line with its strategy for crisis response UNDP has a series of ‘Crisis Response Packages’ which will allow the Organization to deliver quick, effective and predictable interventions on the ground in UNDP areas of particular expertise. These packages enable UNDP country offices to rapidly design early recovery projects and implement them seamlessly in post-disaster and post-conflict contexts. Each crisis is different, and therefore all immediate crisis responses are adapted to specifics”
The UNDP’s actions and interventions on a global level are based on specific parameters which includes, Emergency livelihoods through community infrastructure, and debris/ solid waste management, emergency Livelihoods through emergency employment, enterprise recovery and cash based interventions, Core government functions and National recovery planning and coordination