North east: Japan gives $500,000 to Red Cross

Salisu Waziri, Abuja

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Nigeria, Sadanobu Kusaoke
The   Government   of   Japan   has   pledged   to   provide   $550,000 to support Nigerian Red Cross Society operations in the three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe over the next ten months.
The Operations Manager of the International Federation of the Red Cross, Mr. Samuel Matoka, who disclosed this to journalists in Abuja said  the interventions which are targeting 35,000 people will focus on five areas: shelter; health, sanitation and hygiene; livelihoods; distribution of household items; and psycho-social support.
He stressed that it is critical that returning families have access to shelter, health care, and clean water to enable them recover from their loses.
In his remarks the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Nigeria Sadanobu Kusaoke, said  Japan strongly believes that the region can and must be made the hospitable and habitable place it once was.
“For this reason, Japan has committed so many resources and is also willing to spare no effort   in   working   closely   with   the   government   of   Nigeria   and   the   Red Cross to attain this goal,”
The Government of Japan has been a longstanding supporter of Red Cross interventions in Nigeria.
In 2015, it provided 770,000 USD to support a project – ‘Assistance to vulnerable women, girls, children and frail elderly people affected by civil unrest in the northeast Nigeria.’fo