FG lifts suspension on Mercy Corps, Action Against Hunger – Punch Newspapers

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The Federal Government has lifted the suspension it placed on two international humanitarian organisations, namely, Action Against Hunger and Mercy Corps.

This was made known on Wednesday in a series of tweets by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs via its official Twitter handle @FMHDSD.

The government agency had tweeted: “The suspension of the two international humanitarian organisations, namely, Action Against Hunger and Mercy Corps, is temporarily lifted.

“The concerns and recommendations of the Board of Inquiry will continue to receive attention and scrutiny to address the issues.

“Based on the seven-point agenda proposed by the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator to strengthen coordination and partnership between the humanitarian community and the Government of Nigeria in the North East, and taking into consideration the planned civil-military coordination workshop in Maiduguri by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and other stakeholders, these issues will be addressed through the following mechanisms:

  • Establishment of a high-level Policy Forum on Humanitarian Assistance in northeast Nigeria by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development at the federal level to discuss/resolve all emerging issues with the Humanitarian Response in the North East.”
  • Vetting/due diligence of all humanitarian vendors in northeast Nigeria to be conducted by the Government of Nigeria before engagement by humanitarian actors.
  • Clearance and registration of all NGOs by the Government of Nigeria before deployment [for] engagement in humanitarian activities in Nigeria.
  • Transportation and allocation of fuel and other sensitive humanitarian commodities, including fertilisers to humanitarian actors in the field by Government approved vendors/providers in northeast Nigeria.
  • Submission of monthly reports on humanitarian activities, including funding received and source of funding, project activities funded and location, number of people assisted to the Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.
  • Review and strengthen civil-military coordination and existing systems at both Maiduguri and Abuja level.
  • Development and approval of a cash transfer policy for humanitarian assistance in Northeast Nigeria within the Laws of the Government of Nigeria.

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