ABUJA: THE Commonwealth and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have pledged their support to Nigeria as it grapples with the challenging task of overcoming the twin scourges of terrorism and insurgency.
According to a State House press released and signed by Reuben Abati Special Adviser to the President Media and Publicity, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma, and the Executive Director of the UNFPA, Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, disclosed this at separate audiences with President Goodluck Jonathan.
Abati said Sharma told the President that he was in Abuja to express the Commonwealth’s full solidarity with Nigeria as it contends with the very difficult task of overcoming insurgency and terrorism, and to also explore ways in which the Commonwealth could assist Nigeria in that regard while Osotimehin said that UNFPA was already working with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and its civil society partners in Nigeria to provide a measure of support to families and girls in some affected states.
Osotimehin expressed hope that the United Nations would evolve a comprehensive programme in support of efforts to deal with the humanitarian crisis caused by terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.
President Jonathan welcomed support from the Commonwealth and UNFPA he said his administration appreciated the solidarity of the International Community as it grapples with the challenging task of overcoming the twin scourges of terrorism and insurgency.
“We continue to work very hard to deal with the problem. It is a major challenge and we welcome all the assistance we can get,” the President said. He also assured Sharma that Nigeria remains fully committed to the goals of the Commonwealth and would continue to support all efforts to reform and strengthen the organization for the benefit of member-countries and their people.
The President reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to doing all within its powers to help victims of insurgency and terrorism rebuilds their lives and communities.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY