The Japanese government has promised to offer humanitarian and non-military assistance worth $950, 000 to Nigeria through the UN women and other international organisations to mitigate the effect of insurgency in the North-East.
The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, HE Yutaka Kikuta stated this in Abuja yesterday at the project launch of ‘Protection, Empowerment and Resilience- Building (PERD) of Women in North East’, organised by United Nations Women in collaboration with Government of Japan.
He said that in order to prevent further loss of life, that there is an urgent need for further improvements in humanitarian access and an increase in the provision of assistance for development.
Kikuta vowed that Japan would continue working with all the development partners, international and local non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, federal and state governments and other stakeholders towards the rehabilitation and development of the North-East.
In her address, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Hajiya Aisha Buhari promised to hasten efforts towards ensuring that the Bank of Industry (BOI) issued soft loans to women affected by insurgency in the North East of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
Buhari reiterated the full commitment and support to government of Japan in ensuring that women in the affected areas would benefit from the project, which is targeted at empowering them economically.
She pleaded with Nigerians to support the project even as she expressed optimism that the project would change the life of women in the vulnerable areas.
Buhari who was represented by the former deputy governor of Plateau state, Dame Pauline Tallen maintained that she has been working assiduously towards improving the lifestyle of the victims saying that she has distributed relief materials to the crisis-ridden states.
Also speaking, the UN women country representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mrs Comfort Lamptey pointed out that the project provided opportunity for their first entry into Borno and Yobe states as well as to shed more light on the priorities of women and girls and need to adopt an empowerment approach in response support efforts.
According to her, “The project is also important as more opportunities will be presented for investing not just in delivery of humanitarian aid but also for interventions that will provide the basis for longer-term development”.
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