Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has appealed to the United Nations International Children’s Fund, UNICEF, to lift its suspension on aid deliveries in Nigeria.
UNICEF announced that it has suspended its humanitarian intervention in the Northeast region of the country after three of its workers were wounded in an attack by Boko Haram terrorists while travelling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State.
In a statement by his spokesman, Saraki condemned the attack, saying that it was unacceptable to endanger the lives of aid workers who were only trying to assuage the situation in Nigeria’s North east.
He called for an immediate review of the security situation in the region by the relevant authorities in order to alleviate the concerns of international partners who are set to help rebuild the crisis-torn areas.
The Senate President called on the Presidential Initiative for the North East, PINE, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and other relevant agencies to immediately address the shortfall that could arise from the cessation of delivery of food and medicines by UNICEF.
He appealed to the UN to resume its activities in North east as soon as possible, while reassuring Nigerians and the international community that the Senate would fast-track the passage of the North East Development Commission, NEDC, Bill.