Abuja — The United States has announced an intervention of $102 million for humanitarian assistance to Nigeria to address health, shelter and food security needs of people who were affected by terrorism in the Northeast and Lake Chad region.
United States Ambassador to Nigeria, William Stuart Symington, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at an event organised by the Emergency Coordination Centre under the auspices of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.
He added that Nigeria was beneficiary of the largest part of the United States Government’s new $112 million financial assistance to the Lake Chad region.The World Bank supported the national dialogue on bridging the Humanitarian Development Peace Nexus (HDPN) with the theme: National Conversation: Beyond The Immediate North East Humanitarian Crisis.
The funds would be administered through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Office of Food for Peace and Disastrous Systems, as well as United States Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.
Symington said the U.S. recognises the importance of Nigeria and the people of the region to the world and also understand that there are times when monetary investments could make a huge difference.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday in Abuja that Nigeria was ready to boost economic ties with Tanzania for the benefit of both countries.
Receiving a letter of credence from the Tanzanian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Muhidin Moweto at the Presidential Villa, the President said both countries have a lot of potential, which could make them key economic actors and partners in the region.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said Buhari congratulated the government of Tanzania for the recent discovery of gas reserves in the coastal region, noting that it offers a lot of opportunities for the country.
“ Nigeria and Tanzania have a lot of potentials. We will do our best to improve relations, which dates back to the pre-colonial era,” he said.
President Buhari, who also received the letter of credence from the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Nigeria, Lee In-Tae, commended the Korean government for its education development programmes in the country through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).