United Kingdom has increased its humanitarian support and will spend £32 million over the next three years on basic, life-saving assistance and protection to some of the estimated seven million people in need of humanitarian assistance due to the conflict in the North-east.
UK Minister for International Development, Nick Hurd, made this known in Abuja.
Press officer of the British High Commission, Joe Abuku quoted Hurd in a statement as saying the funds will be channelled through the United Nations (UN), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other humanitarian organisations, and will be used to provide support for critical life-saving areas including nutrition, food security, water and sanitation, and protection of civilians affected by the conflict. He said technical expertise will also be made available to the federal government to support the humanitarian response.
Hurd also noted that the humanitarian needs in the North- east were enormous and growing and that a sustained, large-scale government-led response was needed to meet people’s basic needs and to help them rebuild their lives once security conditions allow them to return to their places of origin.
In addition, the minister announced an increase of £16.7 million the UK is giving to Nigeria’s rapidly growing solar energy market.
He said the additional funding was in support of a UK sponsored Solar Nigeria Programme that was approved in September 2013 with a budget of £37.1 million and that the programme has already supported access to household energy for more than 130,000 people since it was launched in 2014.
Source: Daily Trust