On Friday the 10th of January 2020, iMMAP Nigeria signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID). The MoU was signed by the UNIMAID Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba and iMMAP Nigeria Country Director, Ms Ghada Hatim, in witness of the Deputy Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Nigeria, Mr Peter Ekayu, and the Deputy Director of the INGO Forum, Mr Jubril Shittu.
The purpose of the MoU is to form a strong partnership that will promote knowledge sharing to explore and maximize mutually beneficial organizational opportunities for both iMMAP and UNIMAID in terms of capacity development and socio-economic empowerment in the field of Humanitarian Information Management.
In her remarks, Ghada Hatim thanked the university for their willingness to join hands and work together with iMMAP to contribute to the capacity development in Information Management and related fields.
We are looking for long-term cooperation, and this MoU is the start of offering training opportunities to fifty University graduates and staff in Humanitarian Information Management. The University graduates undertaking these training programs will be recommended for internships within humanitarian and UN organizations, which will open more job opportunities for people from Borno State.
Group photo of the participants
When I saw the draft MoU, I emphasized it should not be delayed for any reason. The region is hit with the insurgency for a decade, and these types of interventions are what we want to see to prepare the people for the period post-insurgency. The university offers its knowledge and expertise to all who want to collaborate.
Ghada Hatim, Country Director for iMMAP Nigeria
With this MoU, the first of its kind signed by iMMAP in its northeast Nigeria humanitarian response, iMMAP is actively promoting evidence-based decision making and sustainability in the region. By developing a new generation of experts in the IM field that can harness the power of data, the innovation of bespoke solutions for the unique challenges facing local communities affected by the northeast Nigeria crisis is more within reach.
On behalf of the humanitarian community, I would like to congratulate you on this significant milestone. Training new cadre of intellectuals who can drive the response in this growing field of humanitarian needs at the global level and in Nigeria.