EU Commits €143m To Northeast Reconstruction Needs
The international community appears to be listening to the outcry of a possible humanitarian crisis in some states in Nigeria.
Famine is looming and more people are dying of starvation.
Nigeria will receive 143 million euros from the European Union (EU) to sustain reconstruction efforts in the North East that has been ravaged by insurgency perpetrated by Boko Haram.
The EU Commission announced the support on Thursday in Brussels, Belgium.
It said the sum is expected to help provide basic services including energy, education, health and job creation, while strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems.
Nigeria’s Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma signed the package agreement on behalf of Nigeria.
He said the support showed yet another positive effort in the collaboration between the EU and the Nigerian government to collectively work towards ameliorating the impact of insurgency.
The Minister highlighted that the Financing Agreement signed on Thursday was for the sum of €20 million from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.
"A total sum of €143 million 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 added.
In spite of efforts by the Nigerian government to ameliorate the hardship faced in IDP camps, there is still a huge funding gap, with millions of people at risk of severe starvation.