In response to the need for augmented storage capacity in North-East Nigeria, the Logistics Sector and INGO Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) have been working together since end last year to provide a warehouse facility for common use in Maiduguri.

In order to also address the lack of storage in identified locations in the field, WFP on behalf of the Logistics Sector procured 20 Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Accra, and gradually deploys them to various locations in Borno State, namely Ngala, Dikwa, Pulka, Gwoza, Monguno, Mainok, Mafa and Damboa. These MSUs are being set up under the leadership of two members from the UNHRD Rapid Response Team, who deployed to Maiduguri in December 2016 to support the humanitarian operation in North-East Nigeria.

Logistics Sector participants expressed interest in the installation and technicalities of these MSUs and wanted to learn more. A training on how to set up and dismantle MSUs was quickly organised by the Logistics Sector and took place on 24 and 25 February 2017. The training was facilitated by the two UNHRD Rapid Response Team members and took place on the compound of the common warehouse in Maiduguri, which is managed by PUI.

(Photos WFP)

28 participants from 13 organisations worked dedicated throughout the two days training. As one participant described it in the subsequent feedback survey: ‘this work needs a very hard-working set of people’. Organisations represented were ACF, ICRC, IRC, Médecins du Monde, Mercy Corps, MSF-B, MSF-F, NRC, Oxfam, Plan International, PUI, Solidarités and WFP.

The training was tailored for humanitarian actors responding to the crisis in Nigeria, who are planning to make use of the loan of MSUs through the Logistics Sector. The objective of the MSU loan service is to enable organisations to establish an uninterrupted supply chain and to set-up temporary storage in locations where they need it, in order to support the delivery of humanitarian relief items to the affected population.

‘The training was really educational and more should be organized’ and ‘I really appreciated it and gained a lot of experience’ – after this encouraging feedback, the Logistics Sector is looking into organising more training in Nigeria in the months to come.

Alex Quarcoo and Ali Tumbo from the UNHRD Rapid Response Team, Maiduguri, February 2017 (Photo WFP)