The Nigeria Union of Journalists Borno State chapter on Monday, 7 August presented a merit award to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Maiduguri.
The event was attended by both state and federal officials including the Executive Governor of Borno and his cabinet, members of the State parliament and the Federal minister of National Defence.
The Chairman of Borno Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Baba Sheik Haruna said UNHCR, the Dangote Foundation and Federal Ministry of Defence were selected for the Platinum category while the Borno UNHCR is the only UN agency that is trying to find durable solutions by building permanent shelters for our people.
Radio and Television (BRTV), Daily Post online newspaper and the Vanguard Newspaper were chosen for the Gold category.
He said the selection process followed a thorough assessment by the membership of NUJ and considered their extraordinary contributions by the recipients.
“UNHCR was the only International organization in Borno that continues to make tangible contributions in the reconstruction and the rehabilitation process of the state, in addition to providing protection and life-saving support to IDPs and refugee returnees in North-Eastern Nigeria”, said Baba Haruna.
According to the NUJ, UNHCR is supporting efforts of the government for the return to normalcy in Borno.
UNHCR Assistant Representative for Operations, Mr. Boubacar Bamba who received the award on behalf of the Agency thanked the NUJ and said the recognition would serve as an encouragement to further propel UNHCR to support people affected by the crisis in the North-East.
“UNHCR will continue to support the government in helping to find durable solutions for vulnerable IDPs and Nigerian refugee returnees to enable them restore their basic rights and dignity. “The achievements by UNHCR have come as a result of the collaboration with the government and other humanitarian actors”, said Mr. Bamba.
The Executive Governor of Borno State, Kashima Shetima said UNHCR’s solutions driven interventions in the North-East deserved the award and encouraged the agency to continue its support to individuals affected by the insurgency.
“UNHCR is the only UN agency that is trying to find durable solutions by building permanent shelters for our people. UNHCR also continues to provide non-food items to the displaced population’’, Governor Shetima noted.
This is the second time this year UNHCR is receiving an award from Nigerian media groups.