Insurgency: UN Seeks Support To Scale-Up Humanitarian Interventions In Nigeria

The United Nations, UN, has canvassed for more resources to sustain and scale-up humanitarian interventions in northern Nigeria.

UN Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, who made the call at a news conference in New York, said the humanitarian response plan for the North-East was currently less than 50 percent funded.

He added that about six million children under the age of five in northern Nigeria are estimated to suffer from acute malnutrition from May until April 2023.

The Spokesperson said over 512,000 pregnant and lactating women are also estimated to suffer from acute malnutrition, adding that more than 650,000 hectres of farmland were damaged in the recent flooding that impacted Nigeria.

Dujarric hinted that the Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, would scale-up the production and distribution of supplementary food powder to 10,000 households, with funding from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund, CERF.

He explained that the UN food agency also planned to distribute food vouchers for 5,000 families, distribute poultry, goats and feed to over 8,000 households, and support 14,000 other households with dry season food production kits.