Lagos - Nigeria will receive £4 million to as part of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) range of new programmes to tackle the global migrant crisis.
The funds are part of aid initiatives totalling £217 million in Africa, to help approximately 2,5 million refugees and vulnerable people in the countries that the majority of migrants are travelling from or through.
This includes the Sahel region, South Sudan, Kenya, Sudan, Central African Republic and Nigeria.
Locally, £4 million of support will be provided for over 75 000 vulnerable and displaced people in north east Nigeria – providing emergency support for the United Nations and international nongovernmental organisations who are responding to urgent needs for water and sanitation, and nutritional support.
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“We have to tackle instability and lack of opportunity in the world’s most vulnerable countries, from Sudan to Syria, Nigeria to Lebanon, if we are to get to grips with the problems causing people to flee their homes,”
Justine Greening, United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Development, said.
She expressed hope millions of refugees and vulnerable people affected by conflict and instability would benefit from immediate, lifesaving support such as food and clean water.
The new support would also help to create jobs and opportunities, provide protection for vulnerable groups, and address underlying causes of conflict and tension so that victims are able to build their lives.
In Nigeria, the Boko Haram sect’s terror has killed more than 13 000 civilians and displaced about 2 million.
- CAJ News