- Donor countries that met in Oslo, Norway, have raised $860 million dollars in emergency aid for Northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin
- The Norwegian ambassador to Nigeria, Jens-petter Kjemprud said that the Nigerian government brought the initiative of the humanitarian conference held in Norway
- He said Norway would continue to support the 2018 appeal for the continued humanitarian assistance to the northeast
In response to the humanitarian woes caused by Boko Haram terrorists group, donor countries who met in Oslo, Norway, have raised the sum of 860 million dollars (634 million euros) in emergency aid to address these effects in the Northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin, Punch reports.
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NAIJ.com gathered that the amount was pledged over three years, and was aimed at helping 10.7 million people in need.
It was learnt that the UN has previously said it hoped to raise 1.5 billion dollars in 2017 for the region, which includes Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
Norwegian ambassador to Nigeria, Jens-petter Kjemprud, said in Abuja that Norway hosted the conference in conjunction with Nigeria and Germany to aid operation in the region.
He said: “Your own government and the Norwegian government brought the initiative of the humanitarian conference.
“It was basically for Nigeria because the bulk of the conflicts was from the northeast in Borno.
“So we arranged this conference with the UN and the outcome so far from the appeal made by the UN to the global community is encouraging.
“This is an ongoing process, the Nigerian Government incorporation with UN is preparing the appeal for 2018."
He said Norway has committed itself to the support of the 2018 appeal for the continued humanitarian assistance to the northeast.
On his part, the foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said: “UN is disbursing a lot of the fund, and a lot of it is going into relief and food materials for the Lake Chad region countries."
“We appreciate very much the role the UN has been playing to assist us to address the serious humanitarian challenges we are facing in the northeast of the country."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau made an appearance in a fresh video released on January 2, 2018.
Shekau claimed Boko Haram was responsible for series of attacks in Northeast Nigeria during the festive season.
Survivors of Boko Haram - on NAIJ.com TV