24 June 2021 By JULIAN OSAMOTO
The Canadian High Commission to Nigeria says it is providing 26.95 million dollars Support to Vulnerable people
in the Northeast of Nigeria, affected by crisis.
A statement signed by the Acting High Commissioner Mr. Nicolas Simard, explains that the fund will help provide food, treatment of acute malnutrition and other critical health care
Challenges in the area.
” Canada’s support is being provided through humanitarian partners, including UN agencies, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, as well as non-governmental organizations”.
“This assistance is in line with the commitments made under the G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Crises Compact, which recognises north-east Nigeria as being at immediate risk of famine”.
“Canada’s funding is focused on supporting gender-responsive humanitarian action, recognizing that women and girls continue to be disproportionately affected by the ongoing conflict, this includes improving access to sexual and reproductive health care, preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence, and supporting the leadership, participation of women and girls in humanitarian action”.
The statement notes that Canada is also providing $5.5 million to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to help conflict and pandemic-affected households in the north-east regain and strengthen their livelihoods.
” This funding aims at restoring the self-sufficiency and resilience of affected communities, with a focus on women empowerment.
“In the fiscal year 2019/20, Canada provided over $123 million in international assistance to Nigeria, making it the 6th largest recipient of Canada’s international assistance worldwide”
It adds that the conflict in north-east Nigeria continues to exact a terrible toll on vulnerable populations, with women and girls suffering the most.