UNICEF Budgets $270m For Humanitarian Response In Nigeria

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has pledged its commitment to provide $270 million to aid humanitarian response and alleviation of poverty in Nigeria.

The Country Representative of UNICEF, Christian Mundate, stated this in Abuja, when she led the Chief of Health & HIV/AIDS, Eduardo Celades, to the Minister.

Rhoda Iliya, Deputy Director Information of the Ministry, in a statement said Christiana also assured that UNICEF would offer technical assistance to the Ministry’s personnel in order to increase their ability, as well as support the creation of a Humanitarian Response Protocol for Nigeria that would serve as a guide for all humanitarian actors and enable efficient coordination.

UNICEF also promised to support the establishment of a National Humanitarian Situation Room or Humanitarian Emergency Operation Centre (H-EOC) to monitor, mitigate and prevent Humanitarian Emergencies and build resilience in the system.

According to the statement, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu informed the delegation that the Federal Government of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is committed to lifting 133 million poor Nigerians out of poverty in a phased approach; especially, the 71 million extremely poor ones who leave under one dollar ninety-five cents a day.

“Time is of essence, and we need to run at the speed of light to roll out social programs that will bring relieve to the burdens of the poor,” she said.

The Minister assured them of the commitment to transparency and accountability in all the activities of the Ministry while they maintain collaborations.

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