– Governor Kashim Shettima accuses UNICEF and 126 other NGO’s of failing to justify the funds they claim to be expending on persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency
– Shettima says most of the NGOs are using funds released to them for servicing only their overheads and personnel costs
– The governor says of the 126 NGOs that have mobilised to the state, only about eight are actually providing humanitarian services to the displaced persons
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state has told all United Nations agencies, including UNICEF, and 126 other nongovernmental organisations to leave the state for allegedly failing to provide service to victims of Boko Haram.
Governor Shettima accused the NGO’s of failing to justify the funds they claim to be expending on persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency.
The governor said most of the NGOs were using funds released to them for servicing only their overheads and personnel costs, Premium Times reports.
“We have the list of all NGOs operating in this state; apart from the officially functioning NGOs,”
“Some of the United Nations agencies are doing their best in their own way of doing things; but to me I am not satisfied.”
He accused the UN agencies of being in the habit of using large portion of the money meant for providing for IDPs to fund their logistic needs.
He said the UN system would announce millions of dollars as intervention for victims of Boko Haram, but more than half of what was released would end up being used for recurrent spending of the humanitarian agencies.
“The huge chunk of what they are budgeting for Borno goes to service their overheads. I, as a governor don’t ride in bullet proof cars; but they spend more than $50, 000 buying bullet proof cars for themselves.
“They will construct five toilets in Gwoza and fly in helicopters more than seven times to inspect the toilets,” he said.
Mr. Shettima said he was fed-up hearing the UN’s rhetoric and had decided to take tackle his problems on his own.
He noted that of the 126 NGOs that have mobilised to the state, only about eight were actually providing humanitarian services to the displaced persons.
“The World Food Programme is doing a very good job,” he said.
“The ICRC is doing a very good job. We also appreciate the efforts of the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Danish Refugee council. The International Organisation for Migration is doing a good job. The UNHCR is also doing a good job.
“Apart from these eight NGOs, the rest of them are merely existing. I have a list of 126 NGOs in Borno state.
“But we hardly know what the UN agencies are doing. We only see them in some white flashy bullet proof jeeps; apart from that, we hardly see their visible impacts. But particularly the UNICEF, considering the huge quantum of funds at their disposal, they are not really trying.”
In another development, the Department of State Services (DSS) says it has recorded major successes against criminal gangs, kidnap syndicates and terrorist elements across the country.
The agency says the successes have further degraded the capability of these elements to operate in the county.
A statement issued by Tony Opuiyo on behalf of the agency, made available to Naij.com, noted that on 1st January, 2017, at Mutum Biyu in Gassol LGA, Taraba State, suspects identified as Bale Kolomi Grema and Kolomi Adba-Aji were arrested in a mosque after they had fled Marte, Borno State, where they were involved in Boko Haram terrorist activities.