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As Nigeria commemorates World Humanitarian Day, the Federal Government, yesterday, admitted that the increasing humanitarian crisis in the country has slowed down development in the nation. 

The Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, during celebration of the Day in Abuja, lamented that a lot of resources that should have been applied for economic and social development programmes are diverted to addressing these crises.

He said Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast region has become one of the most challenging crises, adding that the Federal Government is committed to ending the menace, and that the rights and protection of civilians and humanitarian workers will be guaranteed.

He said: “As the world becomes more volatile, it is imperative to stand in solidarity with humanitarian actors, working in risky and hazardous environments around the world to assist vulnerable people affected by disasters or conflicts, giving them hope and ensuring their speedy recovery.”

Mustapha, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Gabriel Aduda, said early warning systems and forecasting have very important role to play in the reduction of the impact of natural or human-induced disasters. 

He said: “In the spirit of the celebration, I call on all Nigerians to not only show support and solidarity to aid humanitarian workers, but to also volunteer in supporting the vulnerable and those caught in the web of humanitarian crisis.”


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