United Kingdom (UK) is set to assist the federal government in its plan to rebuild and revitalise the north east region of the country, which has been ravaged and impoverished after over six years of deadly Boko Haram insurgency.
The country has pledged to provide up to £32 million for humanitarian and energy support to the country.
The sum, according to UK Minister for International Development, Nick Hurd, is in addition to more than £8.2 million provided by the UK since 2014.
UK, he stressed, was committed to continuing to help Nigeria to provide humanitarian assistance and protection for people affected by the conflict in the North East.
Last month Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the country needed up to $9 billion to rebuild the war ravaged region.
Hurd said the support will be spread over the next three years. According to him it will be targeted at delivering basic life-saving assistance and protection to some of the estimated seven million people in need of humanitarian assistance due to the conflict in the region.
He said he was impressed with the effort of the government in supporting those affected by the insurgency.
Hued however stated that sustained, large scale government-led response is needed to meet people’s basic needs and help them to rebuild their lives once the security conditions improves.
A statement issued by the British High Commission in Abuja said the funds will be channeled through the United Nations (UN), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other humanitarian organisations.
Source: The Nation
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