Abuja - The European Commission has announced the donation of €21m (about N4.7bn) to assist the people in Nigeria and neighbouring countries that are affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, Punch reports.
In a statement on Saturday, the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, while on a visit to Nigeria, said more than 1.7 million people have been displaced by the terror of Boko Haram.
He also expressed concern over the lack of humanitarian access to the people who needed help, adding that there were restrictions of access in many areas, including along the Lake Chad.
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According to him, all possible efforts should be made to ensure that humanitarian organisations can reach those who need their help.
He noted that the new EU funding would provide immediate support, including clean water, food, shelter, health care and protection for the displaced and the host communities in the North-East, as well as to Nigerian refugees in neighbouring countries.
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