United Nations commends Buhari on fight against coronavirus

The United Nations (UN) in Nigeria has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his leadership and guidance in the response to coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.

Penpushing reports that, the United Nations (UN) Resident-Coordinator Edward Kallon gave the commendation during a meeting of the United Nations (UN) Country Team with the President held on Monday, at the State House, Abuja.

“We commend your wisdom in establishing the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and vaccine for Corona Virus, so that it does not become a vaccine for the rich and powerful alone, adding your voice in the global call for people’s but for all humanity.”

The Resident-Coordinator said coronavirus, has been likened to an x-ray that has revealed laid fractures in the fragile skeleton of the societies we have built, adding,“ it has bare risks including inadequate health systems, gaps in social protection, structural inequalities, environmental degradation and the climate crisis.”

Penpushing further reports that, he therefore called for everyone to work together to find innovative solutions to turn this human tragedy into a generational opportunity to build back better a more equal and sustainable world.

The United Nations boss on the lingering humanitarian challenges in the North-East, acknowledged that there are no humanitarian solutions to humanitarian problems, stressing that, the only solution to the conflict in Northeast Nigeria is peace.

‘And we must prioritize prevention, development where feasible and humanitarian assistance when needed to find lasting and durable solutions’, he said, and also highlighted the need for dialogue and a political process to complement the military efforts in the new national security strategy.

“The affected people especially the 1.2 million IDPs and over 293,000 refugees in Niger, Chad and Cameroon must be supported in every way possible to improve IDP sites and shelter, basic services, protection and decongestion and dignified voluntary return to places they will have access to basic services and security.”

“There is an urgent need to look at the issue of outstanding Tripartite Agreements with the Nigerian-Refugee Hosting countries and develop a National Framework to guide action on IDPs at state level in line with protocols agreed at the Kampala Convention.”

Penpushing also reports that, Kallon commended the Buhari for his continuous support in advancing gender issues and the girl child and the Rights of the Child in general and assured that United Nations (UN) agencies and programs are increasing their capacity to support when needed.

“Women are a treasure to the nation – we need to give them a prominent place in the public affairs of the country. We need to deal with the negative forces of Gender-Based Violence, rape and disempowerment that adversely affect women and put robust mechanisms in place so these women will have access to justice’, he added.

Penpushing reports that, Buhari in response reaffirmed the commitment of the Government of Nigeria to supporting the United Nations system in the country, noting that he was impressed by the number of programmes being implemented by the United Nations(UN) in Nigeria and urged the organisation not to hesitate in reaching out for additional support by the government.


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