Richard Ginika Izuora
The United Nations, UN, is increasingly getting worried with near starvation crises due to hit North East Nigeria.
The UN laments that about 8.7 million people in Nigeria need urgent assistance; including 2.2 million displaced people.
UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, notes that the unfortunate scenario is that Nigeria’s Humanitarian Response Plan, which seeks over one billion dollars is only one-third funded as he appealed for support to avert food crisis in Northeast Nigeria.
Farhan Haq, the Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary-General, said this while briefing correspondents at UN headquarters in New York, on Friday, August 6; on the humanitarian situation in Northeast Nigeria.
He said sustained funding would be needed to avert the food crisis in the zone.
“Our humanitarian colleagues warned that without sustained funding; millions of people in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, Northeast Nigeria will struggle to feed themselves,” said Haq.
He said millions of people in the three states would struggle to feed themselves during the lean season due to conflict; COVID-19; high food prices; as well as the effects of climate change.
According to him, an estimated 4.4 million people, including internally displaced people, are expected to face critical food shortages; with 775,000 people being at extreme risk of catastrophic food insecurity.
“This is the worst outlook in four years.
“The humanitarian community is working with the Government and local authorities to scale up the distribution of food in high-risk areas; but a surge in violence targeting aid workers and assets has made this difficult.