China Donates $5 million for food and hygiene to Internal Displace Persons in Northeast

411 x 155 - youthrevolutionaryparty.wordpress.comThe Northeastern part of Nigeria which is ravaged by crisis unleashed by the terrorist Boko Haram group has rendered many homeless, destitute and left without daily good food and proper hygiene.

The Chinese Government has volunteered to render and has donated $5m to boost the ongoing humanitarian support of World Food Programme to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the northeastern part of Nigeria.

The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, disclosed this on Monday at the presentation of 4.3 metric tonnes of rice to World Food Programme in Maiduguri the capital of Borno State.

The Chine Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian stated at the programme that the donation was fashioned and tailored to cater to the emergency food needs of the vulnerable victims of Boko Haram insurgency.

He further stated that the Chinese Government had also released additional $7.23m worth of emergency food assistance for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), which would last until June 2017.

He was quoted at the programme as follows, “When emergency needs arise; then, help should come from all corners. This is a universal thing; Nigeria and China are very good friends, partners and brothers.

“So it is only natural when China helps its Nigerian brothers especially when they are in severe situations. Today, we are here to collaborate with the World Food Programme in its laudable efforts.

“By doing this, we want to send a strong message that the Chinese people and its government are always with their Nigerian brothers and sisters.

“This year, we have a lot of cooperation with Nigeria, especially in the area of infrastructure and agriculture. We are currently working on the China-Nigeria Agricultural Cooperative.

“By doing this, the Nigerian agricultural sector and other sectors will grow.

“We working with Nigeria to revolutionise the agricultural sector, whereby we eat what we grow and grow what we eat.

“We have also invited many Chinese investors to come and invest in Nigeria. The investment of China in Nigeria is increasing very fast and this means that the Nigerian economy will grow,’’ he said.”

One of the speakers at the event was Mr Ronald Sibanda, Country Representative of World Food Programme, outlined that the monetary donation of the Chinese Government was very timely because of the funding shortfalls of his agency.

That the $5m were used to procure about 4.3 metric tonnes of rice, which would meet the food needs of about 400,000 IDPs.

“Last month (April), more than 1.1 million beneficiaries, mostly IDPs from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in IDPs camps and host communities, benefitted from the WFP food assistance,” he said.

He said that funding shortfalls had been a major challenge facing the WFP project before the support from the Chinese government.

“Funding shortfalls had been our major challenge and this had forced WFP to deliver below-optimal rations and this is causing food pipeline breaks that continue to constrain the scale up of WFP response as the lean season approaches.

“Also, the security situation remains fragile and unpredictable and access to some of the worst affected people

“With the rainy season, which is expected to begin in May/June, many access roads may be impassable due to flooding.

“In May this year, WFP will be targeting 1.3 million persons,’’.

“Funding shortfalls had been our major challenge and this had forced WFP to deliver below-optimal rations and this is causing food pipeline breaks that continue to constrain the scale up of WFP response as the lean season approaches.

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