Borno govt to register international NGOs, humanitarian organisations

Borno govt to register international NGOs, humanitarian organisations

- The Borno government says it is embarking on registration of NGOs, INGOs and humanitarian organisations in the state

- This was disclosed by Borno government's coordinator of partnerships and humanitarian support, Dr. Mairo Mandara

- Mandara made the comment at a high-level advocacy meeting in Abuja

The Borno government has begun the process of registering all Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) and humanitarian organisations for better coordination of their activities in the state.

This was disclosed on Wednesday, October 30 in Abuja by Borno government's coordinator of partnerships and humanitarian support, Dr. Mairo Mandara.

Mandara made the comment at a high-level advocacy meeting organised by Search for Common Ground (SFCG).

According to her, the registration is very critical at this stage of the humanitarian efforts in the state, stressing that it will enable the government know what the organisations are doing and ensure accountability in their works.

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She said as the host state where such activities are taking place, it is the Borno government's responsibility to not only ensure that the security of the humanitarian and development organisations, but to also monitor how the funds meant for such purposes are being expended.

She said: “The registration is very important as this will assist us to know who we are dealing with, what you are doing and where you are because if you do not register we cannot be held accountable for any mishap or security issues.”

The registration is not going to be anything different but just for you to engage us with the activities of your organisation so we can have an effective coordination.

In her keynote address, she emphasised on the need to include the natives in the humanitarian efforts, especially the youth and women, stressing that they are the most affected in this situation.

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She went further to state that activities should have area-based approach as every community is unique in its culture and crisis.

Her words: “Community involvement is not just visiting the local heads but deep respect of the people it also involves empathy and respect for their culture. Knowing and understanding the manner and way the people which they have come to assist thinks and showing respect in their ways of dealing.”

Speaking, the SFCG country director, Mr. Sher Ali Nawaz, said the dialogue is aimed to address the need for peaceful reintegration and development in Borno state.

Nawaz said the process which is ongoing is aimed at improving coordination and synergy between the humanitarian and peacebuilding actors working with the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

He reiterated the need to improve the coordination of humanitarian as well as development efforts and to have a better working relationship with the government in dealing with the crisis situation of the state.

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Recall Legit.ng wrote that the Nigerian Army recently accused some NGOs operating in the northeast of breaching security and sabotaging ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the zone.

The army had in 2018 levelled a similar accusation against NGOs operating in the region.

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Source: Legit.ng

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