EU declares €143m (N50.2bn) humanitarian support to curb violence in North East

North East in Nigeria is now a war ravaged region by the Boko Haram terrorist group destroying lives and properties, rendering thousand homeless with shelter, good portable drinkable water, and internally displace within their own country.

The European Union Commission on Thursday in Brussels the capital of Belgium, disclosed that a support package of not less than €143million to help the early recovery and reconstruction needs in the North East region of Nigeria.

The financial support package is for the provision of basic services including energy, education and health, job creation, strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems as well as public financial management systems in the North East region of Nigeria.

Senator Udo Udoma, Minister of Budget and National Planning who signed and executed the package agreement on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria stated that the financial support shows yet another landmark positive effort in the collaboration between the European Union (EU) and the Federal Republic of Nigerian to collectively work towards ameliorating, curbing the sufferings of the victims of deadly terrorist Boko Haram group.

It was disclosed that in pursuance to a statement from his Senator Udo Udoma, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Media Adviser, Mr. Akpandem James on Thursday15 June 2017 quoted the Minister to have said, “A total sum of €143m is now secured from the EU under this framework for ameliorating of the sufferings of the affected population estimated at more than 14 million people.”

He said that since the resurgence of the humanitarian crisis in the North East, the government has devoted substantial resources to bringing the situation under control, meet the humanitarian needs of the victims and restore normalcy to the area.

However, in spite of the efforts, Senator Udo Udoma said there is still a huge funding gap, which is why the Federal Government appreciates the support of the EU and the United Nations systems.

Bot agencies, according to the minister, have been very useful in leading the other development partners in the support process.

Senator Udo Udoma further noted that the process for the selection of implementation partners has reached an advanced stage with the World Bank and some of the components of the project.

“This demonstrates the fact that the EU is committed to timely execution of the project and the bureaucracy that is traditionally associated with the EDF instrument will be minimized in the implementation of this project,” he added.

EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said the support package will assist approximately 1.3 million internally displaced people and affected communities in and around the Borno State.

EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica further reiterated as follows, “Our assistance will not only target the immediate needs of the people but, it will also help to restore basic services, stimulate employment and create livelihood opportunities, particularly for women and young people”.

“Our support package of 143 million euros will assist approximately 1.3 million internally displaced people and affected communities in and around the Borno State in Nigeria.

“Our assistance will not only target the immediate needs of the people but, it will also help to restore basic services, stimulate employment and create livelihood opportunities, particularly for women and young people”.

The statement also quoted Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, as saying “the EU is committed to get lifesaving aid to those in need in Nigeria.

“Emergency aid can help them but to do so aid organisations need safe and full access to do their job. We also need to think about the long term affects and how to help communities recover.

“I have visited the country several times and seen the suffering caused by the victims of terrorism but also the strength and determination of the local people to rebuild their lives.

“It is this desire to rebuild a better future that the EU will support”.

“In line with its strategic approach to resilience, the European Commission is providing a comprehensive package of humanitarian and development measures for the crisis in Nigeria.

“EU support will provide immediate humanitarian assistance for the most vulnerable populations affected by the ongoing emergency situation, as well as for early recovery and restoration of basic services.

“These include health, nutrition, education, water access, sanitation and hygiene, solar power, in areas of return or resettlement.”

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