Nigeria humanitarian fund allocation strategy 1st reserve allocation 2018 – nigeria reliefweb

• Pulka Town, Gwoza LGA: Since October 2017, there have been three (3) substantive military campaigns resulting in largescale displacement of populations in the east LGAs of Borno State and northern Adamawa State. Latest IOM this axis are estimated to be in excess of 70,000,11 further indicating that an increase is likely if insecurity continues.

Gajigana, Gajiram and Gasarwa towns. While biometric verification through IOM DTM/ETT teams has not been completed in all locations that experienced an upsurge in population displacement, partners estimate that 25,00010 individuals have been displaced in recent months.

Displaced populations report that many more individuals will come from surrounding villages, while population figures from inaccessible areas along this axis are estimated to be in excess of 70,000, further indicating that an increase is likely if insecurity continues.

• Humanitarian Air Services: Despite the scale-up of humanitarian operations in North-East Nigeria, the ability of humanitarian organizations to reach conflict-affected people with timely humanitarian assistance remains severely constrained particularly outside large towns. While humanitarian agencies organizations provide urgently required assistance to affected populations, especially in newly accessible areas, there has been no notable improvement in the context that necessitated UNHAS to operate in Nigeria. Road insecurity, reliance on military escorts and sporadic attacks continue to hamper access to beneficiaries.

• The need for air services has increased following the expansion of humanitarian activities in the North-East. The number of passengers using the rotary wing service has almost tripled in 2017, increasing from 1,222 passengers in January to 3,248 in September 2017. The rate of growth in terms of both passenger and cargo movement by air, in addition to new organizations utilizing the service, is expected to continue as urgent interventions throughout all humanitarian sectors within newly accessible areas are implemented. UNHAS flights have enabled all organizations to overcome logistical bottlenecks and significantly increase the scale of their responses, thus reaching larger parts of the affected population.

• The establishment of UNHAS in response to the humanitarian crisis in the country’s North-East has allowed the humanitarian community (92 organizations) to effectively implement and monitor their projects and to scale up relief activities to assist affected populations. The operational base of the fixed wing aircraft is in Nigeria’s capital Abuja, with regular scheduled flights to the north eastern cities of Yola and Maiduguri. Since UNHAS Nigeria operated its first fixed wing flight on 17 August 2015, until 30 September 2017, the service transported 27,025 passengers and 85,906 kg of humanitarian cargo for a total of 88 organizations. Since the introduction of rotary wing flights on 7 July 2016 until 30 September 2017, UNHAS moved 23,891 passengers and 93,147 kg of vital light cargo such as medical supplies and vaccines for 40 organizations.

• The helicopter operation constitutes a highly critical component of the access strategy in North-East Nigeria as some towns outside Maiduguri can only be accessed by road with armed escorts. LGA headquarters locations such as Banki, Gwoza, Pulka, Ngala, Rann, Damasak and Baga are very difficult to access by surface transport due to high security risks. Furthermore, road convoy restrictions limit the amount of time missions can spend on the ground. This situation has been immensely improved since rotary wing transportation has become available. Ultimately, the presence of helicopters is vital to effectively reach areas which are inaccessible by fixed wing aircraft. Operating in close coordination with the Nigerian military, UNHAS has so far facilitated access for the humanitarian community to the towns of Bama, Dikwa, Monguno, Gwoza, Pulka, Banki, Baga,

• As of 8 February, UNHAS requires further donor contributions of US$ 23,000,000.00 in order to be able maintain its current level of operation in Nigeria throughout 2018. Without immediate contributions provided by donors, UNHAS will need to discontinue its services in Nigeria by March 2018.

Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) and Emergency Tracking Tool (ETT) data reports over 28,000 new arrivals in the following LGAs9: Gwoza, Bama, Ngala, Monguno, Kala Balge, Dikwa, Marte, Mafa, eastern Konduga, Askira/Uba, Damboa and Madagali.