Nigeria Crisis - ETS Situation Report #3: Reporting period 6/01/17 to 12/02/17

Highlights

  • Inter-agency Internet services were deployed on 12 February at the International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP) camp in Maiduguri.

  • The Emergency Telecommunications Sector (ETS) finalised the upgrading of the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) Communications Centre (COMCEN) in Maiduguri and deployed a back-up COMCEN at the IHP base camp there.

  • The ETS delivered two radio training sessions in Maiduguri on 14 and 21 January to 37 staff from nine humanitarian organisations.

  • The ETS has agreed to take over the management of the satellite phone communications for the humanitarian community in North-East Nigeria.

Situation Overview

Humanitarian needs continue to increase in North-East Nigeria as people, particularly in areas that became recently accessible, are facing a severe food and nutrition crisis.

Several assessments identified new needs after Internally Displaced People (IDPs) arrived in large numbers at camps in Monguno, Banki, Baga and Rann, all in Borno state. Tens of thousands of the displaced are in urgent need of assistance.

The establishment of a humanitarian base camp and hub project is underway and is led by the Coordination Sector. The base camp is set up in Maiduguri to provide tented accommodation for 100 aid workers. The first eight of twelve hubs will be located in Gwoza, Bama, Dikwa, Banki, Biu, Monguno, Damboa and Gambara-Ngala, sites that have become accessible in recent months. The project will allow humanitarian workers to better serve the needs of people in the most affected areas.
In line with this project, the ETS will deploy vital communications services in the identified hubs across Borno and Yobe states to support humanitarian operations.