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UN FOOD RELIEF AGENCY ASSISTS ONE MILLION PEOPLE IN NORTHEAST NIGERIA

The United Nations food aid agency in December has delivered food or cash to more than a million people in conflict-affected zones in northeast Nigeria, meaning that over half of those in need of urgent humanitarian assistance have now been reached.

The needs are of course tremendous, and more has to be done. Even so, this is a dramatic expansion from the 160,000 people we were able to assist as recently as October, said Sory Ouane, Nigeria Country Director and Emergency Coordinator of the World Food Programme (WFP), in a news release.

The milestone came as WFP ramped up its response in Borno and Yobe States, where as many as four million people are food insecure. The region has been devastated by years of violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency: in some areas, more than half of all children under five suffer from acute malnutrition.

In areas with functioning markets, more than 170,000 people were assisted with cash. Nearly 800,000 people � most of them internally displaced, in camps or in host communities � benefited from food distributions; and almost 180,000 children under five were given specialized nutritious food.

Under its new Rapid Response Mechanism, which includes extensive use of helicopters and the pooling of logistics and telecommunications resources across the humanitarian community, WFP has managed to reach areas that were previously inaccessible.

While it has been challenging to scale up and provide timely, life-saving food assistance, we are now looking at ways to assist even more people in need � as many as 2.5 million by April 2017, Ouane added.

WFP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions and needs a total of $208 million for its humanitarian response in northeast Nigeria over the next six months, of which $143 million has yet to be found.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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In December alone, UN food relief agency assists one million people in northeast Nigeria

In December, the United Nations food aid agency has delivered food or cash to more than a million people in conflict-affected zones in northeast Nigeria, meaning that over half of those in need of urgent humanitarian assistance have now been reached.

The needs are of course tremendous, and more has to be done. Even so, this is a dramatic expansion from the 160,000 people we were able to assist as recently as October, said Sory Ouane, Nigeria Country Director and Emergency Coordinator of the World Food Programme (WFP), in a news release issued today.

The milestone came as WFP ramped up its response in Borno and Yobe States, where as many as four million people are food insecure. The region has been devastated by years of violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency: in some areas, more than half of all children under five suffer from acute malnutrition.

In areas with functioning markets, more than 170,000 people were assisted with cash. Nearly 800,000 people � most of them internally displaced, in camps or in host communities � benefited from food distributions; and almost 180,000 children under five were given specialized nutritious food.

Under its new Rapid Response Mechanism, which includes extensive use of helicopters and the pooling of logistics and telecommunications resources across the humanitarian community, WFP has managed to reach areas that were previously inaccessible.

Sory Ouane, WFP Country Director for Nigeria, speaks with UN News about the aid assistance to the people in the northeast of the country.

While it has been challenging to scale up and provide timely, life-saving food assistance, we are now looking at ways to assist even more people in need � as many as 2.5 million by April 2017, Ouane added.

WFP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions and needs a total of $208 million for its humanitarian response in northeast Nigeria over the next six months, of which $143 million has yet to be found.

Source: UN News Centre

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More than one million people in northeast Nigeria receive food aidThe UN food agency, WFP, has delivered food or cash to more than a million Nigerians in conflict-affected zones in the Northeast since the beginning of December.Over half of those in nee…

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Jigawa government approves N17bn for road construction

The Jigawa Government has approved the award of road projects worth N17.1 billion in different parts of the state, according to a statement.

The statement by Alhaji Bala Ibrahim, the Commissioner for Information, Youth and Sports, made available in Dutse on Friday stated that contract for 12 road projects were approved during Wednesday’s State Executive Council meeting.

According to him, the construction of 29.01 kilometres Gagarawa-Madaka-Maisheda- Damaski Maikirabo- Madaka- Mallam Baki- Kangarwa-Bosuwa road to Maikilili was awarded to Messrs Gerawa Global Engineering Limited at the cost of N3 .4 billion.

He stated that N4.7 billion was approved for Kila-Budinga-Rambazau-Tsangarwa-Nahuce-Isawa- Maruta-Jikas-Zandam Nagogo-Road which covered 48 kilometres, while the asphalt concrete overlay of 42.14 kilometres Tasheguwa- Guri- road would cost N2.3 billion.

He disclosed that the rehabilitation of Kwanar Dundu-Bulangu road, which covered 44 kilometres was awarded at the cost of N940 million and that of Shuwarin-Warma-Abaya -Chamo-Isari- feeder road was approved at N397.2 million.

Others included the Garki-Gawo-Kore- feeder road at the cost of N410 million, Dolen Kwana-Batu-Kuka inkiwa-Kupsa feeder road at N579.2 million, while the 45 kilometre Dan-Ali-Maitsamiya-Suletankarkar-Dangwanki-Dankumbo feeder road from Dankumbo to Matsatsagi was approved at N639.2 million.

The commissioner noted that the 15 kilometre Kudai-Ruru- Sakwaya feeder road was awarded at N170.7 million, while Majingini � Maimazari � Dantuwo � Hannun Giwa � Dankumbo feeder road would cost N188.7 million, as well as Manga -Takwasa Road for N64.3 million.

Most of the projects were awarded to indigenous contractors and they were expected to complete them within 18 months, the commissioner added.

He stated that when completed, the roads would boost socio-economic activities in and around those areas.

Source: Voice of Nigeria