The United Nations (UN) has said Nigeria must address the political, religious and economic aspects of the Northeast crisis to achieve total victory over insurgency.
The UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Edward Kallon said this when he paid a visit to the Executive Director of Victims Supports Fund (VSF), Mr. Sunday Ochoche in his office in Abuja on Wednesday.
Mr. Kallon said economic, religious and political factors have affected the people of the Northeast over the years which must be addressed in earnest.
"Political, religious and economic aspect of the crisis must be addressed," he said. "We must ensure that the crisis in the country become a base of delivering sustainable development to the country."
The newly appointed UN officer who said he was going to focus on helping Nigeria achieve success in her efforts to restructure the Northeast stressed that "the only way UN can be of help is to help the victims cope with the shock of the Boko Haram attacks and help them start all over again."
"We want to help the government achieve the millennium development goals as well as building resilience in the Northeast," he added.
While pointing out that the UN was not a funding agency but a coordinating agency, Mr. Kallon said local materials will be used to resolve the problems in the Northeast.
Mr. Kallon who outlined food and security as the major challenges facing the people of the Northeast, said people of the area have lost the ability to produce food and now depend on the government for feeding.
"Our task is to help them rebuild their lives and I will ensure that we connect the dots in internal assistance to Nigerians in the Northeast."
Speaking earlier, the Executive Director of VSF, Mr. Sunday Ochoche said the mandate of the body was to solve the root causes of insurgency, adding that "we are addressing social crisis in health, education, women economic empowerment and supporting the process of return of the Internally Displaced Persons."
He said a significant number of IDPs, trapped in the Boko Haram enclaves were the most vulnerable, adding that "it's our mandate to reach them."
Mr. Ochoche said the VSF will scale up its activities in the new year and work more with local Non-governmental agencies in order to reach more communities and local people.
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