By OKORO CHINEDU
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Jonathan Richardson, has launched some projects aimed at supporting Nigerians internally displaced (IDPs) by the Boko Haram terror group.
The projects are funded through the High Commission’s Direct Aid Programme (DAP).
Among such projects is the Humanitarian Aid for Boko Haram Internally Displaced People in New Kuchingoro, which was organised in partnership with the Society for Africa Education, Economic and Social Cultural
Development and the Bridge Initiative for African Development (BIFAD).
This project brought to the camp four new toilets, solar powered lighting and signage, an upgrade of existing borehole machinery to solar power and the construction of semi-permanent classroom structures for 240 children, as well as supplying them with the exercise books, uniforms, desks and chairs needed for the pupils to learn effectively.
The High Commission also supported the Global Rights’ pilot project Promoting Safer Maternal and Neonatal Care for Internally Displaced Persons in North East Nigeria.
The project provides delivery and postnatal survival kits to pregnant and newly delivered IDP women, resulting in safer births across a number of IDP camps. This is increasingly important given that over 60 000 births took place in IDP camps last year alone.
In addition DAP funding also contributed last year to the Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria’s IDP assistance emergency appeal.
Money from our contribution went towards meeting the water and sanitation needs of IDPs through the construction of boreholes, water points, toilets and bathing facilities, as well as the provision of water and hygiene kits to 60 households.
Other funds went towards the provision of agricultural livelihood and food security training, equipment and seed vouchers for a further 40 households.
Richardson said Australia stood with Nigeria and the organisations assisting IDPs during this difficult time of upheaval across the country.
“We must all work together to proffer lasting solutions for IDPs and address the underlying issues that have forced them to flee their homes in the first place,” he added.
Australian has provided over 19.5 million Naira (AU$136 456) to a number of projects across the country to assist those in need.
– CAJ News