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Zulum lauds migration agency for humanitarian response in N/East

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Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has commended the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) for its humanitarian response in the Northeast.

Zulum lauded IOM Chief of Mission to Nigeria, Mr Celestin Frantz for creditably  managing humanitarian crisis in the zone in his six years in Nigeria.

Represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Isa Husseini when Frantz paid a farewell visit to the Government House in Maiduguri on Friday, Zulum said: “I appreciate IOM efforts in the area of shelter provision to IDPs, a lot have been achieved. I appeal for more support in the areas of psychosocial support and feeding for the surrendered Boko Haram insurgents and IDP returnees in the state.

“The state government is determined to return all IDPs back to their communities as soon as possible and we urge you to support our efforts.”

Responding, Frantz, who came with the Head of IOM Maiduguri Sub-office, Mr Karuppiah Vedharaniam, said that after serving for six years in Nigeria, he has been transferred to another operation in Mali.

He reiterated the IOM’s commitment to continuous humanitarian support and appealed to the Governor,  other key government representatives as well as implementing partners to further develop the state’s working relationship with the organisation.

Frantz urged that the government to extend the same support and cooperation given to him to the person who would be taking over from him for effective management and improved crisis response.

The Commissioner for Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo said that a lot had been achieved with the support of the IOM in the areas of shelter, psychosocial support, and provision of non-food items among others.

The IOM is a United Nations agency that provides services and advice concerning migration to governments and migrants, including internally displaced persons, refugees and migrant workers.

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