Period covered by this Ops Update: 28 December 2012 to 25 January 2013.
Appeal target (current): CHF 3,453,527;
Appeal coverage: 65%;
• This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 29 September, 2012 for CHF 899,094 months to assist 10,000 beneficiaries for 6 months.
• CHF 200,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) to respond.
• An Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 November, 2012 and has expanded this operation in terms of geographic scope, activities, budget and duration, with completion targeted for 25 September 2013.
• Operation update n°1 was issued on 27 December 2012.
Summary: Although the information in this operation update is consistent with the one in Operation Update n°1 issued earlier, there are however some changes in strategy and direction that are also currently being reviewed. The Shelter and Water and Sanitation (Watsan) programs are now fully staffed and recovery assessments are underway. More elaborate activities in both Shelter and Water and Sanitation are planned for implementation in downriver states, starting with Kogi, then Edo, Rivers, Delta, and Bayelsa.
The operational team is being set up and temporary disaster response staff progressively converted to longer term personnel. Currently, Shelter and Watsan delegates are now in place, while the process of hiring Finance and Administration as well as a Reporting delegates is in the final stages. The IFRC deployed a Head of Emergency Operations (HEOps) for a period of up to 3 months. A Federation Representative is being recruited and will be arriving soon to take over activities from the HEOps. The arrival of the incoming Federation Representative will coincide with the arrival of the Finance and Administration and Reporting Delegates. These 3 new delegates, will stabilize the operation, and enable the Emergency Appeal to be revised and define the recovery activities for the remainder of the flooding operation. Indeed, with the establishment of longer term staff, and the prospect of good funding, the new team will revise the Appeal after being established in country. The revised appeal will focus on expanded budget needs for both Watsan and Shelter. The Watsan and Shelter programs will also focus the implementation of recovery activities in fewer states, starting with Kogi and Edo, and then expand to other states in “down river”.
There continues to be interest and support from various partners to support Nigerian Red Cross activities. The support from partners will enable the IFRC Appeal to be expanded in the coming weeks to cover more activities and increase funding for identified activities. One such partnership is with Oxfam Nigeria with whom NRCS is expected to a MOU to implement water and sanitation activities in Delta and Kogi states. The agreement will enable the Red Cross operation in those states to reach 7,000 households with different combination of support in health promotion, clean water, sanitation and Non Food Items (NFI). The agreement will be valued at approximately 170,000 Euros and the details of this agreement are currently being finalized.
UNHCR in Nigeria recently informed NRCS that they have been approved for CERF funding. UNHRC will support the Red Cross flooding operations in the area with further NFI distributions. The UNHCR support will enable the Red Cross operation to expand in to affected states not identified in the original IFRC Plan of Action and Appeal, such as Plateau, Niger, Kwara, Kebbi, Jigawa, Imo, Enugu, Cross River and Borno States. The details of this agreement are currently being finalized.
A challenging security environment continues to affect the functioning of NRCS operations which are coordinated and planned in the backdrop of security restraints.