B/Haram: UNICEF receives $3.4million from Japan Govt

B/Haram: UNICEF receives $3.4million from Japan Govt

By Alex Uangbaoje

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it has received a grant of $3.4 million dollar equivalent to N750 million from the Government of Japan for Integrated Provision of Life-Saving Emergency Interventions for Vulnerable Populations in the North East of Nigeria.

This was contained in a press statement issued to journalist by the UNICEF C field Communication Officer Mr. Rabiu Musa in Kaduna states that “the fund released by the Government of Japan will go a long way in reducing the suffering of Nigerians that were displaced in the north east of the country by Boko Haram insurgents.

According to the statement, the grant will focus on Internally Displaced Persons and conflict
affected populations in the north-east of Nigeria especially in the areas
of Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Health, Nutrition, Child Protection and Education.

“The conflict in the north-east Nigeria especially in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa has caused large scale of human sufferings for the populations in the areas particularly children and women.”

“The conflict has triggered major population movements and the number of IDPs in the north-east has almost doubled in less than a year, from an estimated 647,000 in May 2014 to what International Office of
Migration reports is now showing about 1.2 million.

“Children make up about 56 percent of those who have been internally
displaced, with over half of them being five-years or younger.

“This grant is timely and will further boost the work UNICEF is doing
in the northeast. It will make a significant lifesaving contribution
to alleviate the suffering of the affected populations in the
northeast especially children and women.

“Since 2000, the Government of Japan has been a major donor to UNICEF
supporting interventions in child survival, prevention of infectious
diseases in children and emergency interventions in Nigeria, through
the UNICEF/Federal Government Programme of Cooperation,” the statement read.

While Commenting on the issue, according the statement Masaya Otsuka, Affairs and interim, Japan Embassy in Nigeria said “I earnestly hope that this grant aid will bring
humanitarian assistance to the affected populations, especially
children in the northeast of Nigeria.

“The Government of Japan will continue to cooperate with the people and Government of Nigeria and the international community to mitigate the conflict through non military assistance, and to support Nigerian
people affected by the conflict,” it added


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