Most aid groups operating in Nigeria’s north-east are wasting funds meant to help victims of the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency, Borno state governor, Kahim Shettima, has said.
Only eight of 126 registered agencies in Borno state were there to genuinely help, Shettima said.
He criticised the UN children’s agency (Unicef) for buying bullet-proof cars, saying he did not use such vehicles.
Last month, the UN launched a $1bn (£825,000) appeal for those facing hunger and starvation in the region.
According to the Associated Press news agency, Mr Shettima made the comments on Tuesday night to Borno State House of Assembly members and journalists in Maiduguri.
The governor accused some agencies of concentrating too much on the camps for those displaced by the conflict.
“We are in the post-conflict phase of insurgency era where we are concentrating on recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation. But the foreign NGOs have near fixation on the IDP camps,” Nigeria’s Premium Times newspaper quotes him as saying.
“We hardly know what the UN agencies are doing. We only see them in some white flashy bullet-proof jeeps; apart from that, we hardly see their visible impacts.”
The governor said he hoped the camps would be closed by the end of May this year, according to Nigeria’s Leadership newspaper.
Last month, Nigeria’s President Muhammdu Buhari accused the UN and aid agencies of deliberately exaggerating the humanitarian crisis and whipping up “a non-existent fear of mass starvation” to get more funds.
Unicef has not yet commented on Mr Shettima’s remarks.