UN to mobilize $321m to support humanitarian response

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Gutteres, has said the organization will mobilize an additional $321 million to support Nigeria’s efforts against terrorist activities in the Northeast.

He said the amount would be part of the overall $1.1billion earmarked for the humanitarian response plan for the country.

The UN chief said this while addressing reporters after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

Gutteres was in Nigeria on a two-day visit. He visited Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on Tuesday, where he interacted with victims of terrorist activities.

“We are very active in support of the humanitarian efforts of the Nigerian government.

“That is why we have called for an additional $351 million as part of the overall $1.1 billion humanitarian response plan for Nigeria.

“Despite all that they have seen and endured, the people I saw remain hopeful and committed to returning to their communities and resuming their lives.

“To that end, I welcome the establishment of the Presidential Committee on the Repatriation, Return, and Resettlement of displaced persons in the Northeast,” he said.



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