Nigeria Humanitarian Fund generates $24m for northeast

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) says the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) set up by the United Nations has generated 24 million dollars to tackle humanitarian crisis in the country.

The agency disclosed this in a statement issued by Ms Samantha Newport, Head of Communications, UNOCHA Nigeria in Abuja.

Newport said the NHF has received $24 million in contributions and pledges.

She said UNOCHA thanks the generous support of Sweden, Germany, Norway, Belgium, the Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, the Arab Gulf Program for Development, Malta and Sri Lanka.

She added that the fund allows donors to pool their contributions for a stronger and timelier response to the needs of those most affected by the ongoing crisis in the North East.

“This year, the UN and partners are aiming to reach 6.9 million people with life-saving aid in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, which are most affected by the humanitarian emergency in Nigeria,’’ she said.

The statement also quoted Mr Peter Lundberg, the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria as saying that the appeal for 2017, detailed in the Humanitarian Response Plan, is for 1.05 billion dollars.

The statement also quotes Lundberg as saying that “funding for the Nigeria appeal this year is pivotal, and I am delighted that donors are fulfilling commitments to the new fund, which will help us respond quicker to new priorities”.

He however said “we need to step up our collective response – the $1 billion appeal is still only 20 per cent funded and millions need help in what is Africa’s worst humanitarian crisis.”

The NHF was launched during the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region in February, is managed by the UNOCHA.

The NHF provides funding to international and national NGOs, UN agencies, funds and programmes and Red Cross/Red Crescent organisations, with a focus on the front-line responders.