MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – The United Nations under Secretary-General for Safety and Security, Mr. Gilles Michaud, on Tuesday said Governor Babagana Zulum, has built a high reputation that has generated discussions among people in the UN.
The UN under Secretary-General is on the spot humanitarian needs assessment in Borno State.
“I have heard alot of good things about you, your reputation precedes you. We see the proactive vision that you execute here in Borno State. You can count on our continued support at the UN for your efforts,” he said.
Michaud said his visit was to oversee humanitarian activities undertaken by UN Agencies in different parts of Borno State, in line with needs of persons affected by insurgency crisis.
In his remarks, Governor Zulum thanked the Under Secretary for his visit and praised the UN for the far reaching contributions of its agencies.
Zulum, however raised concern on issues of accountability by some of the NGOs operating in the state.
“There are lots of leakages in the system, and we are not getting maximum benefit. The volume of money that has been sunk into the entire northeast by donor partners in the last ten years can resolved most of our problems.
“We need to know who are working and where. If you are coming to Borno, we need to know who you are, what are you doing, but they don’t want us to check them.
“There are hundreds of INGOs, some of them are not genuine. We need to tame down and know exactly who are the right ones.
“We appreciate the support from all our partners. It is unfortunate some of the partners are working on their own without recourse to the government, and the people.
“Coordination is very important, you can’t solve the problem you do not understand, we need to work together. We know our problems better than anyone,” he said.
He however noted that there are a number of good humanitarian actors especially the UN agencies like UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR and a host of other development partners like the EU.
Zulum informed his guest on his administration’s resettlement drive, highlighting areas the State Government and UN can collaborate to ensure safe and dignified return of Internally Displaced Persons back to their communities.
“We want to see that our people earn their means of livelihood. We have been receiving tremendous humanitarian supports, but is not sustainable. Keeping them in the IDPs camps will exposed the younger ones available for recruitment by the insurgents,” he said.