The U.S. government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today that it will be providing more than $37 million in additional humanitarian assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict and severe food insecurity in Nigeria and throughout the Lake Chad Basin.
The Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Nigeria, Michael T. Harvey, concluded a three-day visit to Maiduguri, Borno State to discuss current and future U.S. government efforts for Borno and the Lake Chad Basin region.
In Nigeria, attacks on civilian populations perpetrated by Boko Haram have claimed the lives of more than 15,000 people, displaced 2.15 million within the country and left 4.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. To alleviate the food needs of this population, USAID’s Food for Peace program delivers emergency food assistance through electronic vouchers (e-vouchers) to more than 130,000 conflict-affected people.
Nigeria’s education system has not kept pace with its rapidly growing school-age population. The quality of basic education in Nigeria is extremely poor, leading to low demand and unacceptably low academic performance. Of the 30 million primary school-aged children in the country, it is estimated that up to 10 million are not enrolled in formally recognized schools. Of those students currently in primary school, less than one third will attend junior secondary school and even fewer will proceed to senior secondary school. While education indicators are poor nationwide, they are weakest in the northern states.
The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James F. Entwistle, today announced the awarding of a $10.5 million grant by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in humanitarian assistance for internally displaced populations in the northeast. The grants will support the activities of the United Nation’s Population Fund (UNFPA), UNICEF, and the World Health Organization (WHO) to improve access to health care services for affected populations in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states. With this new funding, total U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the crisis is nearly $44 million.
Last updated: August 22, 2016