October, 4
Boko Haram: UN joint delegation to visit Maiduguri, Bama and Abuja
The Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, says a United Nation's joint delegation will visit Maiduguri, Bama and Abuja first week of October, to scale up its humanitarian intervention in the crisis-affected areas.

The minister said that the team would be led by the UNDP Administrator, Mr Achim Steiner and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Head of UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Mr Mark Lowcock.

Onyeama said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after a meeting with the UN team leaders on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York.

Joint UNDP-OCHA Principal-level mission is a sequel to the High-Level Conference on the Lake Chad Basin Crisis in Berlin in September, where the international community committed to a comprehensive crisis response in the region.
Onyeama said the UN visit was to discuss with senior government and donor officials in Nigeria how to further strengthen humanitarian and development responses, including national and local ownership in the northeast.
"The urgency to make progress on the New Way of Working by the UN Country Team and the Humanitarian Country Teams has been amplified by large-scale humanitarian needs and the related imperative to address the root causes of the Lake Chad Basin crises in a comprehensive and sustainable way.
"Accordingly, the Nigeria UNCT/HCTs are jointly working on formulating collective outcomes which will guide planning and interventions of humanitarian and development actors," he said.