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U.S. Supports Displaced Persons With N76.8b

The U.S. Government has announced the release of about $240million (about N76.8billion) as development and humanitarian assistance to displaced persons across the Lake Chad Basin.

The U.S. Department of State in a statement on Wednesday (did not identify the recipient), said that the fund was to provide affected persons and refugees with transitional assistance.

The statement also said that the $240 million would be used to provide them with psycho-social services, health programmes, as well as emergency education for their children.

The U.S. reiterates its commitment to continue to assist the Nigerian government’s efforts to locate and bring home all those who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram, with intelligence and advisory support.

The statement also said that the U.S. Government had called for the “immediate release” of the more than 200 abducted Chibok girls without preconditions.

Over 200 girls in Government Secondary School Chibok, Borno state were abducted by Boko Haram on the 15th of April 2014.

United States said the kidnapping of these young women, along with the kidnappings of countless others by Boko Haram, epitomises this terrorist group’s depravity.

This gesture came a week after Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo said that hope was on the rise for the return of millions of internally displaced Nigerians to their homes and communities as the planning for the rebuilding of the North Eastern communities affected by Boko Haram had advanced significantly.

He said this after the outcome of an assessment and validation exercise in Abuja.

He added that international development partners and donors reiterated their commitment towards ensuring that key findings of the assessment are implemented.