Jonathan reiterates commitment to humanitarian activities
President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday gave assurance on the Federal Government’s commitment to supporting policies and programmes aimed at improving humanitarian activities nationwide.
This, he said, will go a long way in assisting the helpless persons in times of emergency.
Jonathan spoke through Vice President Nmadi Sambo at this year’s Nigeria’s commemoration of World Humanitarian day at the State House, Abuja, themed: “More people than ever before need our help.”
He commended medical personnel who risked their lives in trying to treat the Liberian – Patrick Sawyer who brought the deadly Ebola Virus Disease to Nigeria and got some medical personnel infected and resulted in casualties.
He regretted that despite the passion with which humanitarian workers executed their duties, they have become targets of violent attacks.
He said: “Humanitarian workers have no other agenda than saving lives and delivering the basic necessities of life which include food, water, shelter, medical care and protection for the most vulnerable.
“In spite of their passion to save lives, humanitarian workers have sometimes become targets of hostilities in the cause of discharging their duties.
“Violent attacks on humanitarian personnel are increasingly becoming more frequent and brutal. In the last decade, the number of attacks on them has tripled, resulting in more than 100 deaths annually.
“I want to assure you that government will continue to support policies and programmes that promote humanitarian activities in the country and we are very proud of your achievements by excelling to become one of the best organisations in Africa.”
On Ebola, he said “I want to use this occasion to salute the courage of these medical personnel and condole with the families of those that lost their lives. Government is doing everything possible to ensure that those still alive get the best medical attention while praying to God to save their lives.”
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