From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has secured US $150, 000 supports to provide food assistance to about 125, 000 people in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe State
The donation was made by the government of the Republic of Korea.
The contribution, according to the WFP will enable the humanitarian organisation to continually provide food assistance to displaced Nigerian families in the conflict torn north east region.
“This timely funding from the Republic of Korea builds on earlier support when parts of northeast Nigeria were on the verge of famine,” said Myrta Kaulard, WFP Representative in Nigeria.
“The Korean Government has been making unwavering efforts to address the needs of the most vulnerable people and I’m glad that we are endowing Nigeria with the total sum of US$2.5 million, including our recent contribution to WFP,” said Maj. General (Rtd) In-tae Lee, Republic of Korea Ambassador to Nigeria. “We stand ready to fight against malnutrition and poverty, joining hands with the people of Nigeria,” he added.
It is expected that the support would promote consumption of nutritious meal by the benefiting households.
“Thanks to this lifesaving action, we can continue to sustain the momentum of our response in northeast Nigeria, where large numbers of people remain reliant upon WFP assistance made possible through the generosity of donors such as the Republic of Korea,” Kaulard noted.
The statement issued by Kelechi Onyemaobi read that the Korean government earlier this year, made a historic US$42.5 million contribution to WFP, its largest contribution to date.
“WFP used the funds to purchase 50,000 metric tons of Korean rice and provide life-saving food assistance in Syria, Yemen, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.”