In its efforts to aid humanitarian response and alleviation of poverty in Nigeria, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has pledged its commitment to provide $ 270 million.
Christian Mundate , the Country Representative of UNICEF disclosed this in Abuja, when she visited the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu in company of the Chief of Health and HIV/AIDS, Eduardo Celades.
The Deputy Director Information of the Ministry Rhoda Iliya in a statement said Christiana also assured that UNICEF would offer technical assistance to the Ministry’s personnel in order to increase their ability.
UNICEF Country Representative also assured to support the creation of a Humanitarian Response Protocol for Nigeria for efficient coordination that would serve as a guide for all humanitarian actors.
She also promised that the agency will monitor, mitigate and prevent Humanitarian Emergencies and build resilience in the system and support the establishment of a National Humanitarian Situation Room or Humanitarian Emergency Operation Centre (H-EOC).
The statement explained that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu assured the delegation of maintain collaborations and commitment to transparency and accountability in all the activities of the Ministry.
“The Federal Government is committed to lifting 133 million poor Nigerians out of poverty in a phased approach; especially, the 71 million extremely poor ones who survive under one dollar ninety-five cents a day.
“Time is of essence, and we need to run at the speed of light to roll out social programs that will bring relieve to the burdens of the poor”, she said.
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