United Kingdom, UK said it will commit £32 million to Nigeria as humanitarian assistance to the victims of Boko Haram insurgency.
It said the funds will be allocated within three years through the United Nations, UN and other humanitarian organizations.
Reports by Premium Times said the money will be used for delivering humanitarian assistance and for the protection of insurgency victims in the north-east Nigeria.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that this is not the first time the UK has allocated substantial amounts for similar aims in the recent period, and this amount comes in addition to over £8.2 million provided by the UK since 2014 to meet the needs of the people affected by the Boko Haram terrorism.
It was gathered that the UK is set to invest £16.7 million into Nigeria’s solar energy programme for which £37.1 million has already been approved since 2013.
This new commitment is due to UK’s satisfaction with the successes recorded by the Nigerian military in the fight against Boko Haram in the region.
According to the UK minister for international development, Nick Hurd, this financial support would help provide relief for more than 7 million Nigerians suffering from the crisis.
News Agency of Nigeria, NAN has quoted Mr. Hurd as saying that, “The very long partnership between UK and Nigeria matters a great deal to us; even my Prime Minister has made it very clear that we stand shoulder to shoulder with Nigeria in the battle against Boko Haram.
“We understand how many thousands and millions of peoples’ lives have been devastated by the atrocities in the northeast.
“We are determined to help our own friend and partner to defeat that barbaric group.”
He said his country was pleased with the successes so far recorded by the military against Boko Haram insurgents recently.
He added the funds would be directed through the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other humanitarian bodies, noting that also technical expertise would be made available for the Nigerian government to ensure effective humanitarian response to the situation in the north-east.