N21bn donated to Nigeria is meant for the poor – EU

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Amb. Ketil Karlsen, the head European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS has revealed that the N21bn (€50m) donated to Nigeria by the EU is meant for the poor.

He said part of the €50m they provide will be for the relief and safety net for the most vulnerable people, internally displaced persons.

The poor people that depend on the informal markets, do day-to-day work to put food on their table; the elderly, IDPs, and these, particularly, vulnerable people are the center-stage of our intervention, he emphasized.

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On Tuesday in Abuja Karlsen said to the journalists that the fund to be administered by the United Nations would increase the ability of COVID-19 treatment in Nigeria.

Karlsen also said they are adopting a multilateral approach to respond to the global pandemic and team Europe are mobilizing €50m and another €1.2m that they already gave as part of humanitarian assistance through UNICEF.

Accepting the EU delegacy, President Buhari said the donation would go a long way in supporting Nigeria’s efforts at controlling and containing the coronavirus.

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