Joint unit for aid coordination

By Sheila Ponnie

The Government and opposition groups have created a joint humanitarian unit to improve effective coordination of services across the country.

The unit under the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC) would coordinate between the parties to ensure conducive environment for humanitarian agencies and none governmental organizations in their bid to provide services to the needy.

This was revealed yesterday during a review of the humanitarian response in the greater Maiwut area.

Speaking to journalists at the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Undersecretary Gatwech Peter Kulang said there were efforts put in place by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Relief Rehabilitation Commission to facilitate humanitarian assistances.

“A joint humanitarian coordination unit has been created recently under the National Pre-Transitional Committee whose role will be to work with the government and opposition parties to improve effective coordination of humanitarian services in all areas if there is need of such service,” Kulang said.

“I am aware that greater Maiwut has been experiencing some insecurity over the past which I believe the concerned institutions are trying to address. However like any other part of the country that experienced the same, Maiwut people deserves humanitarian support. The ministry has never relented or negated on its mandate to work in collaboration with others to save lives of any citizens in need,” he added.

On his part, Esteban Sacco, Deputy Head of Office United Nations Office for Coordination says that the humanitarian community remains committed to helping needy people.

Mr. Sacco said some security incidences occurred in Maiwut that led to the relocation of staff. He said many people have been displaced in the Maiwut area.

“The assessment that we have received is around 20 thousand people that have been displaced in the surrounding areas. We have a term that is on the ground there belonging to nine NGOs working there that they will be conducting a rapid response and this is if the security situation improves in the area,” Sacco explained.

He added that the humanitarian community is committed and ready to help people in need in the country.

“We just need to have a minimum of security in the place so that we can deploy our colleagues safely and we can deploy supplies to assistant people in need,” he said.

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