The Nigerian Government has inaugurated a Technical Working Group for a more structured and efficient approach to humanitarian operations in the country.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, inaugurated the Group members in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
According to her, the Working Technical Group will amongst other things, work towards the realization of the framework for the Civil Security Cooperation, CISEC, in humanitarian intervention in the North-Eastern part of the country.
“To provide some context, the CiSEC Workshop held in Maiduguri from 6th – 8th November 2019, was convened in order to bring the stakeholders together to deliberate on ways and means to ensure seamless delivery of humanitarian action to affected communities; and foster understanding and harmony amongst all the stakeholders”.
“The Workshop was well attended by participants cutting across various NGOs, security services, relevant Government MDA’s, and academia. These experts deliberated and reviewed the existing relationship between the humanitarian and security actors within the North East Theatre of Operation, ways in which they communicate, and areas of sensitivity,“ she explained.
TERMS OF REFERENCE
- Dispense its functions as a technical body to the NHCC on all matters relating to CiSEC framework and its implementation; Propose a national vision for humanitarian action;
- Propose policies that enhance coordination and seamless delivery of humanitarian aid to affected communities in the country;
- Ensure the implementation of any NHCC recommendations related to operationalization of the CiSEC framework and guidelines;
- Promote consensus within the humanitarian and security communities on the articulation and operationalization of CiSEC guidelines and the related action plan;
- Ensure the CiSEC guidelines and related action plan reflect adherence to humanitarian principles and best practices while engaging all parties in crisis response situations taking cognisance of Nigeria’s national security interests;
- Ensures that functional engagements between security and humanitarian actors remain consistent with the principles under the CiSEC framework;
- Promote advocacy on humanitarian access, protection and logistics issues as required;
- Facilitate implementation of the CiSEC guidelines consistent with the emerging humanitarian situation;
- Forward all unresolved matters relating to humanitarian coordination to the NHCC; Propose, where necessary, the review of CiSEC framework for the approval of the Honourable Minister, FMHADMSD.
The Minister, charged the Group to live up to the high expectation general public and the Humanitarian and Security partners in charting a course for effective and efficient humanitarian service delivery to the vulnerable populations in dignity and propriety.
The Group will also provide the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee with the relevant technical support on all matters relating to the CiSEC Framework and its implementation.
The Committee will be co-chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development as well as the Permanent Secretary (SSO-OSGF-ONSA); and will meet monthly.
Source: Voice of Nigeria