NIGERIA Diaspora Commission (Nidcom) chair Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa has commended the International Humanitarian Action (IHA) for acting as an umbrella group in the industry and providing succour for over 235m people worldwide this year.
Yesterday, IHA presented the 2020/2021 Nigeria Humanitarian Year Book 2020/21 to Nidcom in Abuja and Hon Abike-Dabiri used the opportunity to thank the organisation for helping people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. Hon Dabiri-Erewa, who was represented by Jummai Musa, the head, of planning research and statistics at Nidcom, welcomed participants and foreign delegations from Switzerland, Dominican Republic, US, Haiti and the UK, to the conference.
She urged participants to explore ways of effective collaboration to develop a better environment for all. Kletsaint Akor, the convener of the conference, said IHA was a principal interface organisation for state and non-state institutions with a mandate to initiate, organise, advocate and harmonise social enterprises and humanitarian assistance within the length and breadth of Nigeria.
Mr Akor added that this would improve and strengthen government and non–governmental intervention in the sector. He noted that the humanitarian actors’ mission was to save lives, build institutional capacity, as well as ensure sustainable hope through humanitarian and social enterprise interventions.
“Some of our aims and objectives amongst others are to facilitate and coordinate a funding policy instrument aimed at supporting humanitarian activities, national emergency and social enterprise,” Mr Akor added. He stressed that IHA would continue to collaborate and partner in implementing humanitarian initiatives by state and non-state actors.