On 27 June 2016, a high-level emergency roundtable on the humanitarian food crisis in Borno State convened by Dr. Alakija moved the food and nutritional crisis to the top of the national and international agenda. Political will and commitment to staving off the crisis was demonstrated by high-level attendance at the Roundtable and a humanitarian food and nutrition emergency in Borno State were declared officially.

Discussants included senior figures in the Federal Government of Nigeria such as the Honourable Minister of Health and the Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Office of the President. The Victim Support Fund and Presidential Committee for North East Initiative were also in attendance. There was strong State level representation from His Excellency Governor Shettima, Borno State Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs, the Chairman of SEMA, and the Commissioner of Health for Borno State. Ben Mellor attended for DFID, Michael Harvey USAID, Vincent Lelei OCHA, Mohamed Safieldin, UN and Brien O’Neill, for the EU. AOA Global was represented by Dr. Alakija, Andy Madaki, Joke Ovie.

The meeting was led by His Excellency, Executive Governor Kashim Shettima and chaired by Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija of AOA Global. Governor Shettima welcomed humanitarian support from the international humanitarian community and the 38 agencies that have made significant contributions. A special tribute was paid to UN agencies and USAID.