The Logistics Sector Nigeria provides support to the Government-led coordination of the humanitarian logistics response in north-eastern Nigeria. Security risks along main supply routes and poor road infrastracture, combined with the scale of the need, have created a significant strain on the logistics capacity of humanitarian responders in the affected states Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. The Logistics Sector supports the humanitarian community by facilitating access to common logistics services, maintainining regular bilateral and collective engagement in an open forum for discussing and addressing logistics issues as they arise, as well as providing guidance on and promoting joint inter-agency logistical planning.
With the end of the rainy season, the road access to some key operational areas has improved, while some further localised security and access challenges remain. Due to localised flooding of the Jokana River as a result of upstream dam releases (for agricultural/irrigation purposes), the road to Rann, that has recently been reopened for light trucks, was subsequently closed again and is likely to remain inaccessible to vehicle movement throughout December. The access situation remains under review, in coordination with the local military commander in Ngala, and humanitarian partners on the ground in Rann.
• In November, the Logistics Sector facilitated the storage of 2,900 m3 (400 mt) of humanitarian relief items at the three common storage sites in Maiduguri, Monguno and Banki on behalf of 18 organisations. The Inter-Agency Logistics Base in Maiduguri (2,460 m2 ), which is managed by Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) on behalf of the Logistics Sector, facilitated also the consolidation of 15 m³ (5 mt) of air cargo on behalf of 8 organisations to 11 locations. The common storage site in Banki (240 m2 ), managed by INTERSOS, has been operational since 6 November, while the site in Monguno (1,280 m2 ), managed by Solidarites International (SI), has been operational since 31 August.
• The preparations to establish common storage sites in Ngala (640 m2 to be managed by eHealth Africa), Damasak and Dikwa (both sites to be managed by ACTED) are ongoing.
• In November, the Logistics Sector conducted three assessment missions to assess road conditions and the potential storage site (Rann), enhance engagement with the field-level military representatives (Gwoza) and meet INTERSOS who is managing the common storage site since early November (Banki). Furthermore, the Logistics Sector team participated in a joint inter-agency road mission to Gubio (together with WFP Security, OCHA and WHO) to review the requirement for military escorts along this route)
• A second Mobile Storage Unit was established in Damaturu and provided on loan to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).