Borno Governor Receives UN Scribe On Humanitarian Visit (Video/Photos)
- By Sani Adam
Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has received the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, who was in Maiduguri, the capital city of the insurgency-hit Northeastern Nigerian state.
He was there to assess the humanitarian situation in the state.
During the visit, the UN Secretary-General visited an IDP camp along Gubio road and also at UN-supported Bulumkutu Interim Care Center (ICC), which serves as a Disarmament, Deradicalization, and Reintegration (DDR) Centre for repentant insurgents. The Centre provides interim services to children and women in need of care and protection and others affected by conflict in the northeast.
Guterres interacted with humanitarian actors, internally displaced persons and government officials as part of his assessment.
He called on the international communities to sustain support to Borno State towards addressing humanitarian needs.
The UN Scribe spoke on the desire of IDPs to safely be resettled.
Host Governor Zulum highlighted some of the major causes of Boko Haram insurgency, listing extreme poverty, unemployment and desertification, among other things.
The Governor expressed gratitude to the UN Secretary-General, members of the international community, humanitarian actors and all stakeholders for their support to the people of Borno State.
The governor, however, identified, over the years, that the state has been spending hugely on supporting the security agencies and providing humanitarian support to the population.
The Secretary-General was accorded a presidential welcome with cultural troops on display and he was presented a welcome gift.