On August 8, PCNI held the second edition of its Monthly Coordination Forum today at the Sandralia Hotel in Utako, Abuja. The maiden edition of the forum held on the 4th and the 5th of last month. The 2nd edition brought together selected partners and stakeholders across the humanitarian, developmental, governmental and non-governmental spheres to deliberate on priority issues affecting interventions in the North East. The high priority areas in need of urgent action cut across various sectors ranging from health and nutrition, education, protection and food security to shelter and camp management.
Among the issues flagged are gaps in mental healthcare and psychosocial support and the need to support the federal neuropsychiatric hospitals in the North East, investments in schools of nursing and midwifery to address the huge manpower gaps in the region’s health sector, the need for human capital to drive education delivery, the high incidence of traumatized minors in need psychosocial assistance, the need for PCNI to collaborate with the Customs Service to accelerate the release of badly needed aid currently held up due to port congestion, the restoration of civil authority to newly liberated areas to enable the safe resettlement of returnees, and the need for interphase with the state governments to provide security of land tenure for IDPs that have intention of returning to their original places of abode and the facilitation of their smooth integration into their new communities.
The forum agreed to escalate certain priorities to a strategic conclave of principals that will drive high-level mobilization of institutional resources and facilitate critical linkages and partnerships required to enable rapid deployment of solutions. As the solutions are deployed, PCNI will continue to conduct data mining and surveillance, and deliver status reports. These feedbacks will be consolidated and fed into the next cycle of coordination priorities and will form part of the agenda of the next forum.