The European Union (EU) has committed about €130 million through its intervention programmes geared towards restoring hopes to millions of people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State, North East, Nigeria.
Head of Delegation of the EU to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ambassador Samuela Isopi, disclosed this at the premiere of HOPE, a documentary film about the struggles of the displaced people in Borno State.
Isopi explained that the EU achieved this feat by supporting the efforts of the Borno State government in rebuilding and rehabilitating communities affected by the decade old insurgency.
According to her, this funding support alone has contributed to the restoration of basic services and livelihoods which cut across health and nutrition, agriculture and livelihood, water and sanitation, social protection, education, conflict mitigation and cohesion among displaced populations and their host communities.
In addition, she said, the EU had, since 2014, provided over €345 million in humanitarian assistance, including the €56 million funding allocated in 2021, in an effort to help meet the basic needs of the conflictaffected people by supporting emergency food aid, shelter, access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation, basic primary healthcare, protection and education. “The EU has helped us in the areas of education and health.
They have constructed so many schools in the IDP camps where people have been resettled. Through the EU, we have resettled nine out of 11 Local Governments Areas in Borno State.
These nine Local Governments cater for 11,000 households, amounting to over one million people,” he said.