The UN office in Nigeria has partnered leading Nigerian companies from the banking, energy, legal and consumer services sectors to support the federal government to tackle the humanitarian crisis in the North-east.

Mrs Samantha Newport, the Head of Communications, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

Newport said the United Nations Nigeria Humanitarian Fund-Private Sector Initiative (NHF-PSI) was launched in Lagos on Thursday.

She said that the innovation marked the first time the private sector would be collaborating with the UN to assist the needy.

She also explained that the collaboration would be done through a country-based fund with pool resources to deliver humanitarian aid to people in need.

UNOCHA’s Head of Communications recalled that the crisis, triggered largely by the ongoing conflict in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, had claimed the lives of 27,000 people in almost a decade.

Newport said that reports had revealed that more than seven million vulnerable women, men and children were in need of life-saving aid such as food, safe water and medicine.

The statement quoted Edward Kallon, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, as commending the partnership, explaining that it was an investment in humanity.

From Awaal Gata