OSLO, (Xinhua) --
International donors at a humanitarian
conference in Olso on Friday pledged 672 million U.S.
dollars in aid to northeastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad
region, host country Norway said.
conference, 14 donors pledged 458 million dollars for
relief in 2017 and an additional 214 million dollars was
announced for 2018 and beyond, the Norwegian government
said in a statement.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Borge Brende opened the
international donor conference Friday for Nigeria and
the Lake Chad region, which is affected by the extremist
group Boko Haram, poverty, lack of social development
and climate changes.
that has so far been pledged for the area, where 11
million people are in acute need of emergency aid, is a
third of what the United Nations considers necessary,
according to Norwegian news agency NTB.
urgent to stop the crisis unfolding in an area with 26
million people and threatening the entire region. If we
do not make effort now, the situation will be even
worse, with all its consequences,” Brende said.
conference was organized together with Nigeria, Germany
and the UN, with about 170 participants.
will be channelled through the UN, the International
Organization for Migration (IOM), the International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and various Norwegian
NGOs in affected countries.
countries themselves are responsible for providing
security and basic services to their own population,
to the acute aid, a long-term support is also important
for much-needed development measures. This refers to
areas where infrastructure such as health institutions
and schools hardly exist. Norway will continue this
through development cooperation which we have already
established with Nigeria and Niger, while in Chad and
Cameroon we particularly support education and health
sector through global schemes and civil society
organizations,” Brende said.
Bruckner, director of the Nordic office of UN
development programme, said “first and foremost” there
is a need for security, border control and capacity of
“It is about
creating jobs so that people can support themselves. And
you have to give young people hope for the future, so
they do not join the movement such as Boko Haram,”
pleased that the discussion largely focused on long-term
plans and emphasized the importance of immediate action
by the international community.
about 2.6 million internally displaced persons around
Lake Chad, most of them located in Nigeria. One million
children are out of school due to the escape or lack of
access to schools, while additional 1.3 million have
lost chance for education as a result of the Boko
commitment to save Lake Chad Basin from shrinking
ABUJA, (Xinhua) --
Nigeria has renewed its commitment to
saving the Lake Chad Basin from shrinking, Minister of
Water Resources Suleiman Adamu said Friday.
The move to
revitalize the Lake Chad Basin is aimed at reducing the
impact of climate change in Nigeria and other
surrounding countries, Adamu told reporters in Abuja.
seriousness of the problem of Lake Chad prompted the
desire to mobilize better and sustainable options to
tackle the problem,” he said.
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) has identified climate change,
food crisis, security, as well as the displacement of
people, terrorism and extremism as some of the issues
around the lake.
Chad Basin is about eight percent of the size of Africa,
shared by Niger, Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad.
1960s, the lake had the land space of about 25,000
square kilometers but reduced to 2,500 square kilometers
in 1985 and later increased to 4,698 square kilometers
authorities said, as part of the moves to save the
shrinking lake, the country has held bilateral meetings
with stakeholders, including UNESCO, on a proposed
international conference aimed at addressing the water
depletion level of the lake.