The Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has declared open the implementation plan for the National Humanitarian Development-Peace nexus with stakeholders in Lagos.
Representing the Honourable Minister, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Bashir Nura Alkali, presented the National Humanitarian Development-Peace nexus Framework (NHDPF) to the Stakeholders which was developed through a participatory and consultative process by the National Humanitarian Coordination Technical Working Group (NHCTWG).
According to the Permanent Secretary, “the NHDPF Nexus is derived from UN triple nexus principles that believes there is no development without peace and that sustainable Humanitarian response should be linked to Development. Therefore the three should be explicitly linked to ensure a sustainable humanitarian response”.
“The National Humanitarian Development-Peace framework answers the coherence questions and envisions stronger collaboration and coordination among actors from the field of development co-operation among humanitarian action and peace building, and that considering the gaps we face due to different programming goals and mandates, the framework will provide a new integrated, effective and efficient methodology for the aid sector to support Development and peace objectives in Nigeria”.
Alkali added that at the end of the technical session it was unanimously agreed that the operationalization of the framework will rapidly improve the operational capacity of Humanitarian Development and Peace building actors to match the scale, complexity and urgency in Humanitarian situation in Nigeria.
The stakeholders strengthened the call to kick-start the process of operationalizing the framework by developing a comprehensive implementation plan.
The Permanent Secretary categorically stated that the gathering is to tease out the strategies geared towards adopting new ways of delivering humanitarian response, adding that the expectation from the event is to ensure that a five year costed implementation plan with well -structured monitoring and evaluation mechanism including institutional arrangement is developed, stressing that the implementation plan should be tailored to the specific needs of persons concerned across the country to reflect local content to address peculiar national needs.
He appreciated the unquantifiable support of all the partners who contributed immensely to making the event a reality.
Earlier, the country Director of Action Aid in Nigeria, Ms Eme Obi said the National Humanitarian Development-Peace building framework is apt and is a vehicle for the Federal Government to better coordinate all the Stakeholders.
Other stakeholders include the NGOs, UNOCHA, the MCN British Council, all emphasized the importance of the of the Workshop which they say would enable all the Stakeholders in the sector speak the same language, eradicate competition and use the HDP nexus to leverage on long terms solution to help persons in need.