By: MOHAMMED IBRAHIM, Kaduna
International Committe of Red
Cross (ICRC) has said that they have helped close to 900,000 Nigerians with access to safe drinking water in the country.
The Head of ICRC office in Kano, Julian Jaccard made the disclosure at the Ramadan Iftar organized by the agency for stateholders in Kaduna.
He also said that the humanitarian agency has also assisted more than 1.1 million people affected by armed conflicts and violence in Nigeria with food, essential household and hygiene items, agricultural inputs or cash grants:
“We actively looked for 13,000 persons separated from their families by the armed conflict and also visited more than 30,000 Nigerians deprived of freedom in Nigerian Prison Services,” he said.
According to him, those visited included those in both military and police holding facilities in the country.
The visitation he explained was in collaboration with Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) in the country since year 2017.
Mr Julian Said ICRC is an impartial, neutral and independent humanitarian organisation whose exclusively humanitarian mandate is to protect and assist those affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence.
He explained that the agency operate through Abuja office and sub-delegations offices in Jos, Kano, Makurdi, Maidiguri, Monguno, Damaturu, Yola, Mubi, Biu and Port Harcourt.
Julian said their job is to respond to humanitarian consequences of the conflict and other situation of violence by providing/assisting with food, water, access to healthcare, shelter, restoring livelihoods, restoring family links and visiting detainees.
“Since 2012, the ICRC Sub-delegation in Jos, has been working in the seven (7) States covering Bauchi, Benue, Kaduna, Kano, Nasarawa, Taraba and Plateau to provide assistance to people affected by communal violence,” he said.
“As you all know, the ICRC is a neutral humanitarian actor, and does not carry arms or operate with armed escorts. Our operations rely on acceptance by the community and key stakeholders,”he said.
He appreciated the relationship the agency established with stakeholders, saying they will continue to rely on feedback to carry out its operations.
He explained further that in Nigeria, the ICRC has been present and active for the past thirty years where it has been working to carry out this mandate in favour of those affected by the conflict and other situations of violence.
Mr Julian said to carry out all those activities mentioned the ICRC engages with various stakeholders in the society, some of whom are represented at the Ramadan iftar(Breakfast).
The new established ICRC office in Kano will cover Bauchi, Kaduna and Kano states.