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$839 million required to implement humanitarian response plan in Northeast, for 2020.

The United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, on Saturday said that $839 million (N301.04 billion) is required to implement the humanitarian response plan (HRP) for 2020.

The response plan, Mr Kallon said, intends to reach 5.9 million people with life-saving assistance in insurgency affected States of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

According to UN estimates, the over decade long Boko Haram terrorism has also destroyed 36,000 lives and property worth over $9 billion (N3.24 trillion).

Mr Kallon, in a statement on Saturday in Maiduguri stated that “the three-year (2019-2021) humanitarian response strategy was developed and agreed jointly by Federal Government and humanitarian partners.”

He said that the strategy is to ‘prioritize life-saving needs of insurgency’ affected population in the Northeast of Nigeria.

“The UN response strategy was also to lay foundation and path for peace building and recovery in Northeast region affected by decade long conflicts.”

He noted that 7.9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.

On the status of displaced persons, Kallon said that “over 1.9 million are currently internally displaced, while 300,000 live as refugees in neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger.”

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