Nigeria still awaits USAID’s $1m flood intervention support,’ – NEMA

The Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Mustapha Ahmed, has said the agency is yet to receive the $1 million (769,500 000), earlier donated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as flood intervention to support flood victims in 2022.

Recall the U.S. embassy in a statement by the US. Ambassador Mary-Beth Leonard had in October 2022, announced the donation.

The U.S. government then said the $1 million was a fresh USAID support, which would allow local partners on the ground to provide emergency shelter assistance, relief commodities, and hygiene kits to promote safe and healthy practices amid the cholera outbreak and multipurpose cash assistance for people affected.

In a statement, Mary Beth Leonard announced the donation, explaining that unusually heavy rainfall, which resulted in flooding, had affected nearly 2.8 million people across Nigeria, such that many homes were damaged or completely destroyed, displacing millions of persons, hence, the support.

“I also read about the story in the papers last year, but I can confirm that we have not received any $1million from USAID,” the DG said.

Speaking on the loan, Ahmed said although the support is yet to come, the agency is nonetheless hopeful that USAID will come since it has made such commitment, even though it’s ten months down the line.


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