By Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The government of France has authorised the payment of â‚¬500,000 to aid humanitarian efforts in Boko Haram ravaged North-eastern Nigeria.
The Press Officer, French Embassy in Abuja, Ms. Damilola Ayodeji, said the funding contract was given to two French organisations engaged in humanitarian activities in the conflict zone.
Ayodeji said that the French government through the French Embassy in Nigeria is expressing its commitment to contributing to humanitarian efforts that will lead to the continual rehabilitation and restoration of the North-eastern region of Nigeria which has suffered greatly from the insurgency of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
She stated: “On Thursday, the 26th April 2018, Guillaume Audren de Kerdrel, First Counsellor of the French Embassy in Abuja, received the representatives of Alima and PremiÃ¨re Urgence
Internationale (PUI) which are both French humanitarian organisations active in the providing aid in North-east region of Nigeria.
“A funding contract amounting to a total of â‚¬500,000 was signed between the French Embassy and the representatives of the two organisations to support their humanitarian aid work in the region.”
According to her, the two projects that the said amount will cater for aim to improve medical care for children suffering from malnutrition in the newly accessible area — Kukawa Local Government Area in Borno State and improve the food security of vulnerable populations in Maiduguri.