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UN Envoy: Tinubu’s administration on course to handle humanitarian problems

UN Envoy: Tinubu’s administration on course to handle humanitarian problems

By Matthew Atungwu

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, SAYS The administration of President Bola Tinubu is moving forward in resolving the humanitarian problems in Nigeria.

Schmale made this statement in response to inquiries about his experiences working with the Nigerian government from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) UN reporter in New York.

Schmale praised the efforts of the Nigerian government in tackling humanitarian situations while attending the Resident Coordinators retreat at UN headquarters in New York.

“I think that Tinubu’s administration is on a good track; the President recently launched the Presidential Humanitarian Trust Fund and he is asked at this trust to address humanitarian crises.

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“He’s asked that this trust fund is resourced two thirds from within Nigeria, private sector and government, each and a third international community solidarity.

“So, we think that’s the right way to go in Nigeria, despite some desperate indicators around poverty and so on as a middle-income country.

“We welcome that the government under President Tinubu sees it as their responsibility to drive preparedness and response to humanitarian concerns,’’ he said.

In order to raise at least $5 billion a year, the Federal Executive Council agreed on October 24 to the establishment of a Humanitarian and Poverty Trust Fund.

Enabling the Federal Government to act quickly in cases of humanitarian crisis within the nation is the trust fund’s main purpose.

The Federal Government, private, foreign, and well-meaning individuals will be the sources of the cash.

He believes that the government has a strong priority on development, and there are many who contend that investing in development can stop the growth of violent extremism by creating a hostile environment.

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