Mr Aliyu Dawobe stated this during a courtesy visit to NAN on Wednesday in Abuja.
Dawobe said the partnership would help inform the public of activities of the organisation and various experiences of Nigerians during and after armed conflicts and violence across the country.
He stated that ICRC in collaboration with the Ministry of Health cared for people who were affected by armed conflicts and violence, adding that in Nigeria, ICRC operated in 19 states of the federation.
Dawobe said the organisation responded to humanitarian needs and provided sustainable solutions to victims of conflict.
“We give food assistance and essential household items, support for IDPs with the distribution of emergency and temporary shelters.
“We rebuild livelihoods for farmers by giving them agricultural inputs such as seeds and farming machinery, also support for cattle headers, businessmen and women, cash for livelihood programmes and micro -economic incentives.
“We provide armed conflict and violent areas with improved access to clean water; also we support the primary health centres where conflicts have occurred with drugs as well as medical and surgical team who help wounded patients
“We also visit prisons to ensure inmates are treated humanely during their prison term, and we engage in restoring families who lost contact with their loved ones by tracing them and reuniting them,’’ he said.
Dawobe said ICRC activated the international humanitarian law during armed conflict by ensuring the protection of women, children, elderly, schools, medical facilities among others.
He noted that ICRC was guided by seven fundamental principles which included, humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, unity, voluntary service and universality, and called on Nigerians to support humanitarian response in the country.
The Acting Managing Director and Editor -in-Chief, Mr Ibrahim Mammaga, in response, appreciated the ICRC, adding that the agency was ready to partner with the organisation in providing effective humanitarian media coverage.
Mammaga stated that NAN had a mandate to inform and educate the public for the progress and unity of the country, adding that it had various services in delivering first-hand information to the public.
He listed various services provided by the agency to include, videos and audio stories, text, sms short services for over 2,000 clients while adding that the organisation was adequately equipped with manpower and offices across the country.
Managing Editor, Quality Control and Production, Mr Chukwudi Ekezie appealed to ICRC to help build the capacity of reporters through workshops and training in humanitarian reporting.
Ekezie said such experiences would equip reporters more effectively in humanitarian coverage.