VC commends NGOs for Humanitarian Services

The Vice Chancellor University of Maiduguri, Professor Aliyu Shugaba, in a group photograph with the IMMAP team and other principal officers of the University

The University of Maiduguri is committed to ensuring harmonious relationship with all stakeholders in Borno State and beyond in promoting and sustaining peaceful coexistence amongst the populace in the post insurgency era in the North-east. This was made known by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aliyu Shugaba, when he hosted the Country Director IMMAP, an international non-governmental, nonprofit organization in his office on Monday 13th January 2020.

He noted that peace is the cornerstone of any meaningful development while humanitarian organizations are partners in fostering and ensuring harmonious existence. The Vice-Chancellor said the University has signed dozens of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with many local and international NGOs with a view to facilitating and incorporating the University in the process of post insurgency reorientation, rehabilitation and counselling of the affected communities through its relevant units as part of its social responsibility. He then commended the NGOs for their humanitarian services across the affected communities in the state and beyond and assured them of the University’s cooperation whenever the need arises. He added that the University has specialized centres that deal with disaster and risk management, conflict resolutions and counselling which can be deployed whenever the need arises. The VC also talked about information management which he described as vital in the 21st century world for proper coordination and implementation of crucial and corporate activities, adding that the IMMAP initiative on information coordination and management is a force to be reckoned with in the 21st Century global village humanitarian services.

Earlier, the Country Representative of IMMAP, Mrs Ghada Hatim, said they were in his office to seek for partnership through signing an MoU with the University. Mrs Hatim explained that IMMAP is an international non-profit organization that provides targeted information management and supports partners to respond to complex humanitarian recovery, transition to development and developmental challenges. IMMAP’s mission, she stated, is to harness the power of information to facilitate evidence-based decisions to improve people’s lives; that the purpose is to take data and turn it into information and create knowledge for decision makers operating in humanitarian and developmental contexts, such as in situations of violence and post disaster or conflict recovery, where no one suffers due to lack of access to timely, relevant and reliable information that has the power to transform lives. Highlight of the meeting was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the organization and the University.