Nigeria: U.S. Commits $102m to Humanitarian Needs in Northeast, Lake Chad

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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).  ­ ­ ­ ­

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