U.S. Announces $102 Million Humanitarian Assistance To Nigeria

United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington.

 

United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has announced the sum of $102 million in humanitarian assistance to Nigeria.

The funds will be administered primarily through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) offices of Food for Peace (FFP) and Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), as well as the U.S. State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration.

During the ‘National Conversation on the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus’ on Friday, Symington said the funds will address the shelter, health and food security needs of populations in northeast Nigeria, who are battling with the effects of the Boko Haram insurgency.

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“These funds for Nigeria represent the vast majority of the U.S. government’s new $112 million infusions for the Lake Chad region,” the ambassador said.

“Our hope is that this new investment in humanitarian assistance will combine with the efforts of your government and people to move Nigeria forward on a path to peace and prosperity.”

The funding, Symington added, would provide life-saving aid to hundreds of thousands of people, including emergency food assistance, nutrition treatment, shelter, health services, safe drinking water, services for survivors of sexual violence, and support to children who have been separated from their families.

Humanitarian: U.S. Declares Additional $92m For Lake Chad Basin

Boko Haram, Humanitarian, U.S., Lake Chad BasinThe United States has announced about $92 million in additional humanitarian assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict and severe food insecurity in Nigeria and throughout the Lake Chad Basin region.

With this announcement, the United States is providing at least $291 million in humanitarian assistance since the 2016 fiscal year to people affected by the Boko Haram-related conflict and the related humanitarian crisis.

A statement by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) revealed on Tuesday that the U.S. has continued to be the single largest humanitarian donor to the region.

“This new funding to United Nations and NGO partners will help tens of thousands of people receive critically needed humanitarian assistance, including food, water, shelter and services to address acute hygiene, protection, and nutritional needs.”

In Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, the conflict has left more than 6.4 million people in need of emergency food assistance and displaced 2.6 million people.

The U.S. estimated that an additional $1 billion was needed to meet the humanitarian needs of the people in 2017.

They called on other donors to contribute additional humanitarian assistance for the millions of people in the region whose lives have been affected by Boko Haram insurgency.

Blinken Condemns Boko Haram’s Use Of Children For Attacks

Girl_Suicide_Bomber_In-NigeriaThe US Deputy Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has condemned the use of young girls and children as soft targets by the Boko Haram insurgents in their recent spate of terror attacks.

Mr Blinken, who will on Saturday lead a US delegate to a Regional Security Summit holding in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital described the act as ‘heinous and horrific’.

He told reporters on Friday that the United States was working with the Nigerian government to spot and stop such attacks before they occur.

The American noted that the security summit was another opportunity for frank conversation and deeper collaboration among regional states and partners on common shared priorities.

These priorities, according to the US Deputy Secretary of State, include humanitarian assistance, stabilised efforts for liberated communities and security cooperation.

Some of the suicide bombings that occurred in the last few months were said to have been carried out by children.

Nigeria is hosting the second regional security meeting in Abuja to consolidate efforts for regional peace and development. The summit commenced on Thursday.

The Multi-National Joint Task Force Commander has drawn the attention of member states to the need for improved allowances for the troops and purchase of equipment for detecting and destroying IEDs.

Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission is asking member states to begin to fix attention on developmental programmes which will address the root causes of insecurity in the region.