Berlin conference: UN to provide $2.5bn funds to fight Boko Haram insurgents

Berlin conference: UN to provide $2.5bn funds to fight Boko Haram insurgents

- The United Nations has said it is ready to grant Nigeria and other countries within the Lake Chad region $2.5bn funds to battle insurgency and poverty

- The statement was made following a UN humanitarian conference held in Berlin for two days

- Countries in attendance include Nigeria, Germany and Norway

Following the outcome of the conference of international donors against boko-haram crisis and other insurgencies in Africa, an amount of $2.17 billion has been raised and another $467 million concessional loans have been earmarked for tackling crisis bedeviling the Lake Chad Basin region.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two-day humanitarian conference which was held in Berlin between September 3 and 4 by the governments of Germany, Norway and Nigeria also has in attendance the United Nations.

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Issues bordering on how peace and development will be ensured in the troubled region were points of concern at the conference.

NAIJ.com gathers that about 17 million people across the four Lake Chad Basin countries including Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger are mired in the pool of violence, poverty, insurgency and dearth which result to about 2.4 million people displaced and over 10 million people in dire need of external assistance to meet their security and feeding necessities.

At the outcome of the event, "participants agreed that a coherent, multi-year approach is needed, that integrates all available instruments to tackle the protracted crisis and the root causes of the conflict. This is needed to pave the way for sustainable and resilient development of the region, and thus contribute to a better future for the affected people.

"This is needed to pave the way for sustainable and resilient development of the region, and thus contribute to a better future for the affected people."

Commenting after the programme, Achim Steiner, who is the administrator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said the funds is an indication of strong endorsements that UN is committed to the the humanitarian service need of its member nations.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that António Guterres, United Nations (UN) secretary-general had reacted to recent Boko Haram attacks in Borno state, adding that the perpetrators should be ''swiftly'' arrested and prosecuted.

It was learnt that a female bomber blew herself up at a market in Konduga, a village near Maiduguri, killing 27 persons.

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Source: Naija.ng

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