The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a sum of $10.5 million grant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in north east Nigeria being ravaged by Boko haram terror group.
The US ambassador to Nigeria Mr. James Entwistle made the announcement on Thursday, at the grant signing ceremony which was attended by the Governors of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states in Abuja, which are the 3 mostly affected by the 6 years insurgence.
According to him, the grant will support the activities of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) to improve access to health care services such as: Nutritional supplements for malnourished children, health care services to those living in camps with host communities, clean water, sanitation, hygiene supplies and protection of services to affected region.
He added that US supports President Muhammad Buhari’s commitment to taking the necessary actions to end the Boko-Haram insurgency.
” I have assured him that he has no greater partner in that effort than the united States,” he said.
The envoy explained that bearing all outside support the primary responsibility to respond to “this enormous challenge lies with the local authorities”.
Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima while addressing the press, expressed optimism that the insurgency which has it roots in poverty will come to an end “this crisis, this madness will very soon come to an end, beneath the mayhem of Boko haram lies the real cause which is extreme poverty.”