U.S. Gives $37M To Conflict Victims In Lake Chad Basin Region

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President of the United States, Barrack Obama.

The United States government has announced over $37 million for humanitarian assistance for the conflict in the Lake Chad Basin region.

At a meeting with the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, the Nigerian Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development, Mr Michael Harvey said the fund is to provide food, water and shelter for thousands of people who need humanitarian assistance.

Mr Harvey added that the fund will be disbursed to Non-Governmental Organisations and United Nations agencies, who are addressing humanitarian challenges in the region.

“The U.S. continues to be the single largest humanitarian donor to the region,” the US Embassy in Nigeria said in a statement on Wednesday.

It said the savagery of Boko Haram had triggered a humanitarian crisis in Nigeria and surrounding countries in the Lake Chad Basin region.

“Families have been driven from their homes, millions are left without enough to eat, and human rights abuses are widespread.

“Despite gradually improving security conditions, the humanitarian situation remains dire.

“Throughout the region, approximately five million people need emergency food assistance and 2.5 million people are displaced,” it said.

The mission said new funding to UN and non-governmental organisation partners would help tens of thousands of people to receive critically needed humanitarian assistance.

It listed the humanitarian assistance to include food, water, shelter, and services to address acute hygiene, protection and nutritional needs.

“The food assistance will be delivered to conflict-affected communities in the Diffa Region of Niger, including populations who fled their homes following the recent attacks in Bosso.

“This new food assistance will be coordinated with the humanitarian community in Nigeria to scale up the overall regional food response,” the mission said.

US Urges Nigeria To Increase Funding For Agriculture

Agriculture, US, NigeriaThe United States has urged Nigeria to increase funding of the agriculture sector to end poverty and build greater capacity.

The Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mr Michael Harvey, made the appeal on Monday at a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture and state representatives at the US embassy in Abuja.

Mr Harvey identified lack of capital and research among other challenges as a major hindrance to job creation and development in the sector.

He said that the neglect of the agriculture sector has given rise to hunger, poverty and a huge population of youths struggling to find jobs.

The US official expressed worry at the challenge faced by the American government in seeking to intensify partnership to assist the sector to be economically productive under the Feed the Future initiative.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mr Audu Ogbeh, on his part commended the support of the US towards improving the sector.

He also hinted that the Federal Government would launch an agriculture fund to improve investment.