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Japan has recently extended support to internally displaced persons in the North East of Nigeria. The aid also includes support for counter terrorism efforts and social stabilization programmes in Nigeria.

 

According a press release from the Japanese Embassy in Nigeria, the Government of Japan, upon requests by UN organisations and Government of Nigeria, decided to extend “non-military’ grant aid of nearly $US12million as part of efforts to boost the on-going “humanitarian support to internally displaced persons (IDPS) in the north east states of Nigeria; support for counter terrorism in Nigeria; and support for social stabilization in the north east states of Nigeria”.

 

The humanitarian support would essentially enhance provision and distribution of shelter, portable water, better toilet facilities, primary health centres, learning centres, counselling for the traumatized victims, educating people on dangers and risk of engaging in destructive activities, rebuilding of trust among different religious groups, among other things.

 

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN WOMEN, United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF),  International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD, OXFAM and other organisations were implementing partners of the project.

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