UAE And Nigeria Forge Alliance To Establish Nationwide Humanitarian Response Centres

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The Federal Government has successfully secured an agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to establish humanitarian response centres throughout Nigeria. The initiative aims to provide swift relief to victims of various disasters across the country.

Dr. Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, shared this pivotal announcement during her discussions with Emirati government officials at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai.

The primary focus of this collaboration is to address humanitarian crises stemming from insurgency, particularly in the North-East region, and combat persistent poverty in other parts of Nigeria.

Dr. Edu highlighted that the UAE’s equivalent of the Red Cross, the UAE Red Crescent, has expressed readiness to construct a more resilient humanitarian response system across Nigeria.

During the discussions, various levels of engagement took place, including dialogues with the Minister for Tolerance in the UAE, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, and the President of the Islamic Development Bank.

Attributing the root causes of humanitarian crises and poverty in Nigeria to climate change, a surprising submission in the opinion of Nigerians, Dr. Edu described the role her ministry plays at COP28. The ministry aims to actively participate in climate change adaptation efforts, seeking support to generate employment opportunities and uplift people from poverty. This strategic approach aligns with the Paris Agreement, with a focus on preventing and mitigating natural disasters that contribute to humanitarian crises.

Dr. Edu underscored the critical connection between climate change and the ministry’s mission, citing instances such as recurrent flooding in Nigeria and the environmental challenges in the Lake Chad Basin. She stressed that climate-induced livelihood losses have left millions vulnerable to poverty, making them susceptible to recruitment by terrorist organisations fueling insurgency. Nigerians however have a very strong converse opinion about that.

The commitment of the UAE to collaborate with Nigeria in establishing robust humanitarian response centres marks a significant step toward addressing the multifaceted challenges posed by climate change and insurgency in the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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