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UN Spends $70 m For Humanitarian Assistance in North East



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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (COHA) has spent 70 million dollars in providing humanitarian assistance in the north eastern States of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

Samantha Newport,  Head of Communications,  COHA, made the disclosure on Thursday in Lagos while briefing newsmen on the UN’s humanitarian efforts in the northeast.

Newport said the humanitarian crisis in Northeast Nigeria that had spilled into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, and was one of the most severe in the world today.

According to Newport, more than seven million people are affected in the three worst affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

“1.8 million people are displaced internally. With other global crises competing for scarce resources, the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF)  – a funding mechanism, was set up in May 2017.

“The NHF is managed by COHA under the leadership of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon. The NHF has raised 70 million from 17 donor countries”, she said.

According to her, the funds have been allocated to urgent life-saving needs, with an emphasis this year assisting new arrivals with food, shelter and safe water.

She said the NHF had continued to assist internally displaced people in crowded camps and host communities where services are stretched with new arrivals and hunger, malnutrition and sickness are rife.

Newport said the NHF has also provided funding to help contain the cholera outbreak in the northeast which was considered to be the worst outbreak in the past 10 years.

She said the UN currently has 3,000 workers and volunteers carrying out these services in the region, adding that no fewer than 2,500 of them were Nigerians.

Newport further disclosed that the UN, in collaboration with the private sector in Nigeria,  would on Nov. 15 inaugurates its first NHF Private Sector Initiative (NHF-PSI) to provide more funds for humanitarian assistance in the northeast.