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Nigerian government removes suspension on Action Against Hunger, Mercy Corps

The federal government of Nigeria has temporarily lifted the suspension placed on activities of two International Humanitarian Organizations, Action Against Hunger and Mercy Corps.

Okay.ng understands that the FG had suspended Mercy Corps and Action Against Hunger for allegedly providing help to Boko Haram terrorists.

In a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, announced the lifting of the suspension.

She said in quotes: “The suspension of the two International Humanitarian Organizations, 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 northeast, 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.”

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