The Theatre Commander, Joint Task Force, North East, Operation HADIN KAI, OPHK, Major General Christopher Musa has urged both local and International Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the Northeast to ensure compliance with the security rules and guidelines of the military in their operations.
Major General Musa made the call on Friday, 2 July, when he hosted members of the NGOs operating in the North East, at a maiden interactive session with them on the need to chart a new course in enhancing Civil-Military cooperation.
He said NGOs must operate in accordance with international humanitarian best practices, pointing out to stakeholders the necessity for compliance in the face of daunting security and humanitarian challenges confronting the region.
In his remarks, the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr Vincent Melei, while expressing his appreciation to the Theatre Commander for organising the forum, noted that this will create a platform for NGOs to make suggestions on practical ways to monitor and report issues as they occur.
He emphasised the importance of providing adequate security for the the NGOs to enable them perform their statutory responsibilities.
The Theatre Commander reassured all NGOs operating within the legal framework, of his unalloyed support.