Touched by the devastation that has affected the people of the north east as a result of the activities of Boko Haram insurgents, the European Union (EU) Commission on Thursday in Brussels, Belgium, announced a support package of €143 million to help the early recovery and reconstruction needs of the area.
The package is for the provision of basic services including energy, education and health, job creation, strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems as well as public financial management systems.
The package was unfolded when Nigeria’s Budget and National Planning Minister, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma arrived Belgium for a meeting with EU officials on Thursday. At the meeting where the package was announced, Udoma signed the package agreement on behalf of Nigeria and said the support showed yet another positive effort in the collaboration between the EU and the Nigerian Government to collectively work towards ameliorating the sufferings of the victims of Boko Haram insurgency. The Minister noted that the Financing Agreement signed on Thursday was for the sum of €20 million from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.
“A total sum of €143 million is now secured from the EU under this framework for ameliorating of the sufferings of the affected population estimated at more than 14 million people,” he added.