Boko Haram: Germany Gives Nigeria €47.6m
Boko Haram victims have been given a handout as the German government yesterday announced a €47.6m commitment to Nigeria.
The announcement was made yesterday by Leader of a German delegation, Mrs. Renate von Boddien, during a meeting of the Nigeria-Germany Consultations on Development Cooperation, hosted by the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning in Abuja on Thursday.
In a statement issued by the ministry, Boddien disclosed that the commitment is to bring humanitarian support to the North-East, the fight against polio disease and to support technical and vocational education.
It is also aimed at tackling the root causes of displacement of refugees and speed up their integration under the ‘One World No Hunger Green Innovation’. Also, it will strengthen Germany’s support for the Green Innovation Centre for Agriculture and Food Sector.
She explained that €22.6m was earmarked for bilateral technical cooperation and special funding lines. €19.9m for special initiatives to tackle the root causes of displacement/reintegrating of refugees. €6m will be for special initiatives for the ‘One World No Hunger’ project initiated to strengthen its support for the Green Innovation Centre.
Boddien reaffirmed the German government’s commitment to stay engaged in the priority areas of sustainable economic growth, Nigerian energy support programme and technical cooperation.
Boko Haram: Udoma Commends German Government
The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, commended the German government for its support. He told the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Schlag Heck, that the Federal Government was working hard to diversify the Nigerian economy.
He said, this would stimulate growth through agriculture, solid minerals, manufacturing and development of processing zones.
The minister urged German investors to invest in Nigeria and create jobs so as to ensure development, adding that the government had provided enabling environment for investors.