By Augustine Osayande
The Federal Government has assured continued support for humanitarian aid workers to discharge their responsibilities in assisting population at risk in the country.
According to a press statement issued by Sani Datti Senior Information Officer of National Emergency Management Agency, Vice President Muhammad Namadi Sambo gave the assurance in a speech he delivered on behalf of the President President Goodluck Jonathan at the 2014 World Humanitarian Day celebration held in Abuja.
He said the Vice President identified the important roles of the aid workers in driving the commitment of the Federal Government to provide necessary succor to people that are faced with humanitarian challenges.
He cited the condition of some medical workers in Lagos that were infected by the Ebola Virus Disease in the course of their treatment of the index case, he said the Federal Government would do everything possible to support them. He said it was in appreciation of the critical roles of the aid workers that the Federal Government has always included them in major decisions on humanitarian affairs.
In his remark, Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi reiterated the agency’s commitment to continue serving humanity in the face of incessant attacks on aid workers.
“I want to assure that NEMA will explore the outcome of the programmes and activities of the 2014 World Humanitarian Day commemoration to improve public awareness on safe and sustainable humanitarianism and place the message on the front burner of public discourse”
He cited an unpleasant scenario of conflicts and natural disasters were humanitarians subjected their lives, worked with their hearts and blood to save lives and bring succor to the distressed, in times when the major concern of everyone was self-preservation. He further added that there no doubt that without the various Governmental and Non-Government humanitarian service providers, the ICRC, the National Red Cross Societies, the UN system and indeed local volunteers, the human toll in these hot spots could have been grave.
The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Nigeria Mr. Daoda Toure urged private sectors to support humanitarian activities in Nigeria and invest more in areas of Disaster Risk Reduction.
The Federal Commissioner in-charge of the National Commission for Refugees Hajiya Hadiza Sani Kangiwa presented the humanitarian hero’s register in recognition of aid workers that have demonstrated exceptional quality beyond their calls of duties, some of whom have lost their lives in the cause of humanitarian works.