The Federal Government of Nigeria has donated one million dollars through the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to the World Food Programme (WFP).
The donation was to address various forms of humanitarian crises in the country in 2021.
This is contained in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, jointly signed by Halima Oyelade of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Godfrey Alozie of ECOWAS, and Kelechi Onyemaobi of WFP.
The WFP received the sum of one million dollars in 2021 from the government of Nigeria as part of ECOWAS humanitarian assistance for victims of violent conflicts in the North-West and North-East Region of Nigeria.
The Federal Government accordingly, sought the collaboration of WFP in Nigeria to apply the fund for alleviating food and nutrition needs in Katsina, Zamfara and Borno.
“The programme targeted 840 food-insecure households (some 4,196 persons) in Zamfara, Katsina, and Borno with food assistance.
“The target beneficiaries receive an average cash transfer of NGN 27,000 in their prepaid bank cards or WFP SCOPE cards every month, to buy their preferred food from local markets.
“Beneficiaries are encouraged to buy a wide range of local nutritious foods from their preferred shops. Cash transfers have an additional advantage of stimulating local markets and agricultural production.
“These are done to prevent acute malnutrition in children in the first 1,000 days of their lives; the programme also provides nutrition assistance to children 6-23 months old and to pregnant and breastfeeding women from vulnerable and food-insecure households.
“Some 14,070 children and 1,932 pregnant/breastfeeding women receive specialised nutritious food in the three project states,’’ they said.