A United Nations joint delegation is visiting former Boko Haram strongholds to see things for themselves.

The team will visit Maiduguri, Bama and Abuja within the first week of October.

Their mission, according to Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, will be to scale up its humanitarian intervention in the terrorism-affected areas.

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Onyeama said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria after a meeting with the UN team leaders on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York.

The minister said that the team would be led by the UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Head of UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Mr Mark Lowcock.

He said that the joint UN Development Programme Principal-level mission was part of the world ogranisation’s efforts to support the victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

Onyeama said that the visit was a sequel to the High-Level Conference on the Lake Chad Basin Crisis in Berlin in September, where the international community committed to a comprehensive crisis response in the region.

Onyeama said that the visit was aimed at discussing with senior government and donor officials in Nigeria on how to further strengthen humanitarian and development responses, including national and local ownership in the northeast.