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Canadian government commits $26.95m to humanitarian crises in Nigeria

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$5.5m to UN food, agriculture organisation

Acting High Commissioner of Canada in Nigeria, Mr. Nicolas Simard


The Canadian government, yesterday, disclosed that it had approved the sum of $26.95 million in its new humanitarian assistance funding to help meet the basic needs of conflict-affected populations in North East.

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The acting High Commissioner of Canada in Nigeria, Mr. Nicolas Simard, who disclosed this in Abuja, maintained that the Canadian government is also providing $5.5 million to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation to help conflict and pandemic-affected households regain and strengthen their livelihoods.

According to Simard, the funding aims to help restore the self-sufficiency and resilience of affected communities, with a focus on women empowerment.

He said that the funding would help provide food assistance, treatment for acute malnutrition and other critical health care, safe water and sanitation, and protection services.

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He said: “Canada’s support is being provided through experienced humanitarian partners, including UN agencies, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and non-governmental organisations.

“This assistance is in line with commitments made under the G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Crises Compact, which notes North-East Nigeria as being at immediate risk of famine.

“Canada’s funding is focused on supporting gender-responsive humanitarian action, recognising that women and girls continue to be disproportionately affected by the ongoing conflict.”

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