Updated: EU says €50m to Nigeria is for the poor

Obinwannem News Updated: EU says €50m to Nigeria is for the poor

European Union Ambassador and Head of the delegation to Nigeria and EVOWAS Ketil Karlsen has said that the €50 million donation to Nigeria is for the poor; for the provision of Personal Protection Equipment, kits, and to double the testing capacity for COVID-19 in the country.

The ambassador made the announcement to the press shortly after a meeting between the EU delegation and the Presidency in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said the fund, which would be administered by the United Nations would seek to improve the COVID-19 treatment in Nigeria.

“That is why part of the €50m we provide will also be for the relief and safety net for the most vulnerable people, internally displaced persons. The poor people that depend on the informal markets, they do day-to-day work to put food on their table; the elderly, IDPs, and these, particularly, vulnerable people are the centre-stage of our intervention,” he said.

“The pandemic requires global responses and if we try to fix it country by country, we may not get it right and that is why we are adopting a multilateral approach.

“So, Team Europe came up with a significant package for Nigeria; we are mobilizing €50m and another €1.2m that we already gave as part of humanitarian assistance through UNICEF.” the ambassador said.

Chukwugozie Okeke reporting, Obinwannem News

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