8 February 2018

Nigeria: International NGOs Committed to Northeast Humanitarian Response

Some 36 leading international nongovernment organisations working in Nigeria say they remain committed to work with the Nigerian government to alleviate humanitarian crisis in the north east.

It comes hours before the government is to launch its 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan.

The forum of international NGOs says its members are committed to provide timely, quality and to scale life-saving assistance, strengthen coordination with all stakeholders including the Government of Nigeria, as well as link humanitarian efforts with development opportunities in the affected areas particularly in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States where possible.

"There is growing concern among INGOs that there is a perception that they are not demonstrating accountability nor operating by the rules and regulations existing in Nigeria," said Jennifer Jalovec, director of the INGO Forum.

"The INGO Forum would like to reiterate that its members follow existing regulatory frameworks, operate based on principled humanitarian assistance and are committed to supporting the people of Nigeria."

More than 3,000 Nigerian humanitarian aid workers work in the north east.

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