By Tobi Soniyi in Lagos
Nigeria will benefit from the United Statesâ€™ $550 million humanitarian assistance to countries ravaged by food insecurity.Â
This was announced last Thursday in New York Â by the Administrator of the United StatesÂ Agency for International Development (USAID), Mr. Mark Green.
Making the announcement, Mark said: â€œToday I am announcing more than $550Â million in additional humanitarian assistance from the United States to the millions of people affected by food insecurity and violence in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Somalia â€“ the so-called â€˜our famines.â€™â€
According to him, theÂ funding would provide lifesaving food and health care for vulnerable groups that have been affected by these crises.
Â He said: â€œThis funding brings our total contribution of humanitarian assistance to over $2.4 billion for these four crises since the beginning of this fiscal year.â€
He stated that the US would remain the worldâ€™s leading humanitarian donor.Â
â€œWhether itâ€™s responding to an earthquake, drought, or conflict, America is committed to standing shoulder to shoulder with people in their hour of need. It is who we are as Americans,â€ he added.
Â Green stated that America would continue to provide lifesaving humanitarian assistance to those suffering as a result of famine, food insecurity, drought, and conflict, all of which he said was Â driving the greatest movement of people since World War II.
He said: Â â€œIn the face of this unprecedented need, we are continuing to show leadership.â€
He, however, admitted thatÂ humanitarian assistance alone would not solve the crises.
He said: â€œWe need long-term political solutions that address the drivers of conflict and insecurity. Those four famines or near-famines that I referred to â€“ we have to remind ourselves they are entirely man-made.
â€œAs global humanitarian needs grow, we are also working to build resilience to stave off additional needs for humanitarian assistance and emergency assistance in the future.â€
Green said US would work Â to end the root causes of famine, conflict, and insecurity, and helping to build resilient communities and families and governments as well.Â
He said: â€œAt USAID, our teams around the clock work daily to promote human dignity and elevate the human condition. Our assistance is not a handout; it is a hand up, and over the long run we seek to help our partners by building in-country community capacity, to strengthen governance, and to mobilize domestic resources. Our message is clear: The United States stands ready to help those in need.â€
Green also announced additional $264 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Iraq.
He explained that theÂ US Government had provided nearly $1.7 billion in humanitarian assistance for the Iraq crisis since 2014.Â