This operation has been modified as per budget revision 5 (see below).
This Special Operation (SO) is established to ensure humanitarian access to north-east Nigeria through the provision of safe and reliable air transport services as well as to provide capacity for possible evacuation of humanitarian staff when required. With the escalation of violence due to Boko Haram activities in northeastern Nigeria and neighbouring countries, there is a looming humanitarian crisis as the security situation is worsening and hundreds of thousands of people continue to be displaced. This has necessitated an increase in the humanitarian presence in the country. As UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations scale up their activities for an effective response, there is difficulty to access the crisis-affected areas due to road insecurity and long waiting at checkpoints that are often subject to insurgent attacks.
This BR 05 to SO 200834, seeks to extend the project in time for a period of six months from 1 July to 31 December 2017, and expand the fleet with a third rotary-wing aircraft to augment the overall operational ability to access new locations liberated from the control of Boko Haram, with a subsequent budget increase of US$12,247,587.