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Borno grateful for US agency funds to boost refugees

14 June 2015, 10:04

Abuja - The Borno State Government has commended the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for providing funds to ease the suffering of refugees the Boko Haram sect had rendered homeless in the Borno State.

Chairman of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (BOSEMA) Alhaji Grema Terab, described the US10,5 million the US agency donated for the for  internally displaced persons (IDPs) was commendable.

“The US government has done very well and this has given the opportunity to other well meaning countries all over the world to come to the aid ofNigeria and Borno State in particular,” Terab said on Friday.

He asked other countries to emulate the United States by coming to the aid of the more than 1,5 million IDPs in Borno, Nigeria’s second-biggest state by size.

The financial burden was too much for the state government and Nigeria to bear.

“We have many times appealed to international community and donor agencies to come and assist Borno in particular and we are glad the USAID has listened to our cries and have decided to come around,” Terab said.

He pointed out Borno was the worst hit among the three northeast states affected by Boko Haram insurgency. The other states are Adamawa and Yobe.

Terab added that apart from taking care of about 1,5 million people hosted by various families within Maiduguri, the state government had to accommodate and provide basic necessities for over 125 000 displaced persons in 22 camps in the state capital, Maiduguri.

- CAJ News


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