The U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, has donated $37 million dollars to assist Nigeria in the humanitarian crisis in the country’s Northeast region.
Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Muhammad Sani-Sidi, made this known when he received, a team led by Jeremy Konyndyk, the USAID Director of Foreign Disaster Assistance in Abuja on Wednesday
Sani-Sidi expressed the Nation’s gratitude to the aid agency for its generous donation, adding that the Federal Government had done a lot to respond to the situation in the Northeast and would continue to collaborate with international agencies in that area.
He said the NEMA would also require the support of USAID in the rehabilitation of the people and their communities as well as in the reconstruction of infrastructure destroyed by Boko Haram Terrorists.
“We look forward to further collaboration with USAID in the areas of provision of psycho-social support to the traumatised people, reconciliation and peace building. Provision of assistance to the youths in form of skill acquisition, training and development of Nigerian Incident Management System,’’ he said.
Leader of the USAID delegation said that the donation was to support those in the Lake Chad Basin region and people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
“I am here today with my colleagues to offer assistance, after our visit to the North-East to assess the situation of the IDPs and understand better the crisis caused by Boko Haram.
“It is a very difficult situation and we are concern and sad by the condition we saw, the U.S. government is very focus on the Boko Haram crisis,’’ he said. (NAN)