Germany has announced a plan to provide additional €5.5 M to support vulnerable people in the North Eastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe in Nigeria in the fight against the coronavirus.
The gestures comes as the West-African country grapples with the attendant effects of economic shocks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic which has paralysed most activities in the country.
This is to aid Nigerians who do not have access to basic necessities like water, food and shelter.
The promise was made by the German Mission to Nigeria and the donation will be received by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
According to a tweet by the UNOCHA which reads “Germany donates 5.5 million euro to the Nigerian Humanitarian Fund, its more critical than ever for vulnerable people to have access to clean water, food and shelter. This will enable partners to continue delivering lifesaving aids amidst COVID-19.”
The statement reads: “Germany provides an additional €5.5 million (2.2bn Naira) to the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) managed by the United Nations (UN) Office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs in Nigeria to continue life-saving aid in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.
“Ongoing activities include drilling of wells, construction of sanitation facilities, rehabilitation of buildings or construction of shelters for internally displaced persons and other victims of insecurity in the North East.”
“This brings Germany’s contribution to the NHF to a total of €29 million since it became operational in May 2017, making Germany a major donor to the NHF over the past three years.”
Germany also pledged to provide the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) with personal protective equipment including hand sanitizer, protective clothing, clinical thermometers and gloves all worth €20,000. The materials are to be handed over to Abuja to the relevant authorities.