Says Another $7.25m Emergency In-Kind Food Aid Ready June
The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP), on Monday acknowledged receipt of a $5m donation from the Government of China to provide desperately-needed food assistance to thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Northeast Nigeria, where the threat of famine is real and growing.
The funds, according to Amadou Baraze, Communications Officer at the UN WFP’s Maiduguri Office in Borno State, will enable the programme reach 410,000 IDPs in Borno and Yobe States, where the Boko Haram insurgency has left millions destitute.
Welcoming the donation at a time when a funding shortfall forced WFP to cut rations of some commodities in April, the Ronald Sibanda, WFP Country Director and Representative ad interim in Nigeria, applauded “the government and people of China for their significant contribution to WFP’s operations in Northeast Nigeria.
“This will help WFP to continue providing food and nutrition assistance to reach more families in the region.”
The statement also quoted Zhou Pingjian, Ambassador of China to Nigeria as noting that “by partnering with WFP in its laudable humanitarian efforts here today, the Chinese government and people once again show solidarity with those Nigerian brothers and sisters who are temporarily not in an easy situation.
“Besides what China committed through WFP, China has also committed US$7.25m in emergency in-kind food assistance to Nigeria, which will be ready for delivery to the Northeast by the end of June.
For Governor Kashima Shettima of Borno State: “Through this donation to WFP, the Government and people of China have shown us that the world has not abandoned us in the Northeast. “This will allow WFP to continue delivering food assistance to some of the most vulnerable people in Borno State.”
The ceremony to mark China’s contribution took place Monday at WFP’s warehouse in the Borno State capital of Maiduguri.