There is a continued need for the storage of essential humanitarian items, both food and non-food items, in deep field locations. While the storage need has remained fairly constant over the year, routine maintenance of assets is hampered by the ongoing travel limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The lack of reliable warehouses in Borno State has increased the needs of temporary storage units and the Logistics sector continues to loan Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) to humanitarian partners in Maiduguri and field locations.
Timely approval of Humanitarian Cargo Movement Notification Forms (HCMNFs) from the Nigerian Armed Forces (NAF) on a weekly basis is essential in order to ensure the movement of humanitarian supplies in field locations. Cargo movements approval for the first week of December were delayed by the Theatre Command resulting in disruption of planned delivery.
In December, the Logistics sector processed 734 HCMNFs from 30 organizations for 44 destinations (accounting for the movement of 1,700 vehicles). Sector-managed storage facilities, operated by NGO service providers in six locations across Borno State, received 3,569612m³ (973.98 mT) of humanitarian cargo for 13 organizations. A total of 13.692 m3 (7.323 mT) of cargo was consolidated at Maiduguri warehouse to be airlifted by UNHAS.
The Logistics sector supported 28 organizations through common services (storage, cargo movements, air cargo consolidation), coordination and information management support.
Volatile security conditions in north-east Nigeria require continued liaison and coordination with the relevant stakeholders, including state and non-state actors. This includes, but is not limited to, the Civil-Military Coordination (CMCoord) Forum, Access Working Group, Nigeria NGO forum and Nigerian Armed Forces (NAF).
In light of increased security incidents on many roads in Borno State, the transportation of humanitarian cargo to field locations became increasingly challenging. This increased risk resulted in some humanitarian organizations finding it difficult to secure transport from their vendors at the agreed rates. As a result of the increased risk, some humanitarian organizations opted for the option of travelling with armed escorts provided by the Nigerian Armed Forces, which poses several challenges. Similarly, the movement of personnel to field locations for routine supervision and maintenance has been a major challenge due to restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID 19.
The Logistics sector plans to increase advocacy using the existing coordination forums to request the NAF to improve security along the main supply routes and explore alternatives based on humanitarian partners’ requests to ensure the safe delivery of aid to people in need.