The Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI) has said it has recorded successes in its interventions in the North East recovery.
Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, Vice Chairman of the PCNI, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja during the monthly Coordination meeting of members of the PCNI and development partners.
Tumsahm, who was represented by Brig.-Gen. Habila Vintenaba, Chairman, PCNI’s subcommittee on Peace Building, Security and Stabilization, said that feedback from the monthly coordination meeting showed the success of coordinated interventions in the North East.
According to Tumsah, inspite of the security challenges, which remains a major challenge and a drawback to its works in the region, the PCNI has carried out a good number of interventions in the insurgency affected States of the North-East.
He said that the monthly coordination meeting provided a platform for feedback on issues raised across all sectors during the last meeting.
He explained that the regular meeting would also enable development actors to effectively coordinate efforts at delivery of all interventions in the North-East.
Tumsah said that since the last coordination meeting in August the PCNI has responded to the needs of displaced persons in camps and host communities especially in the areas of health and food security.
“In terms of challenges that affect interventions in the North-East, one major thing is security whereby humanitarian actors and development partners are not able to carry out interventions without hindrances.
“This actually hinders humanitarian and developmental support from us and from our partners but since the last coordination meeting, we have been able to carry out some interventions.
“We have responded to deworming exercises, hepatitis vaccination and the treatment of cholera in some camps and some host communities.
“In the period under review, the Federal Government, through the office of the Vice President, has been able to provide over 30,000 tonnes of grains to Borno and other states of the North-East.
“The PCNI has also distributed grains to Adamawa State to cushion the effects of the absence of food in some of these areas and to strengthen the nutritional needs of the IDPs”, Tumsah said.
Tumsah said the PCNI has also assisted various partners to secure waiver from the Nigeria Customs Service to enable them bring in very valuable non food items.
The Vice Chairman said that some of the objectives of this month’s meeting was for the PCNI to be informed by development partners on identified high priority needs and gaps in the North-East since the last meeting.
He said that the Committee would also receive updates on the development and funding plans for the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).
Also speaking, Dr Sidi-Ali Mohammed, Head of Humanitarian Assistance, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (HARR), said the PCNI had taken note of the issues raised at the August coordination meeting and has addressed some of them.
Mohammed said that in the education sector, the PCNI has obtained data on the total numbers of schools destroyed with a plan to use its own resources in rebuilding some of them.
He said in the areas of shelter and protection, the PCNI was also ensuring that the tripartite agreement between Cameroon and Nigeria for the protection, voluntary and safe return of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon was upheld.
He said that a lot of interventions were ongoing in the health, agriculture, infrastructure, energy, economic recovery, housing and transportation sectors.
Representatives from UN agencies, Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), International Organizations, International and Local NGOs, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) atended the meeting.