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Humanitarian Crisis: Nigeria, Turkey to collaborate on response, mitigation



Humanitarian Crisis: Nigeria, Turkey to collaborate on response, mitigation

By Collins Yakubu-Hammer

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said the federal government is preparing to work with the Turkish government to respond and alleviate the humanitarian crisis.

Farouq disclosed this when Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria Hidayet Bayraktar paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Tuesday.

She said her ministry would collaborate with Turkey and also learn from its wealth of knowledge in the areas of coordination, mitigation and response to disaster prone areas in the country.

“I would like to commend the Turkish government for actively ensuring that humanitarian aid is provided to countries facing different types of disasters, regardless of their religion or race.

“I am also aware that the Turkish government has an endearing tradition of providing humanitarian action to those in need. This practice emanates from your history and your culture.

“However, our main focus is the coordination aspect of ongoing responses and the provision of policy guidance and solutions to agencies reporting to the ministry while ensuring that we have effective cooperation between relevant MDAs with a view to mitigating all the answers.

“We hope to work together to have a very effective collaboration and partnership and to learn from your expertise.

“The ministry also connects humanitarian and sustainable development solutions that deliver inclusion to traditionally marginalized poor and vulnerable people in this country.

“We also have programs aimed at reducing poverty in the country, so I hope for a very fruitful collaboration with the Turkish government in these areas,” Farouq said.

Speaking earlier, Bayraktar said Turkey has sent various humanitarian aid around the world, including Somalia, Afghanistan and other African countries, with the aim of alleviating the consequences of crises in those regions.

He requested the ministry’s collaboration to accomplish more in the areas of mitigation and humanitarian responses in Nigeria.

“We have so many humanitarian aid programs around the world. We are one of the main humanitarian actors and so far we intend to assist several countries in need of humanitarian assistance.

“We hope we can find a way to cooperate or provide assistance in terms of the disaster and humanitarian crisis unfolding around the world. We will send humanitarian aid there.

“We are ready to work with your ministry in all fields to see what we can achieve together to enrich this cooperation and this relationship between our two countries,” Bayraktar said.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the government of Turkey is expanding humanitarian aid not only bilaterally but also through international organizations such as the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Food Program.

However, according to the Global Humanitarian Assistance report, Turkey remained the world’s largest donor country with official humanitarian aid of $ 8.3 billion.

Source: NAN

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