The Government of Japan has contributed an additional USD 1 million to UNHCR Nigeria to respond to critical needs of people forced to flee their homes, including Nigerian refugees wishing to return home in the northeast of the country.
The gesture brings Japan’s total contribution to UNHCR Nigeria this year to USD3.5 million.
Commenting on the humanitarian challenges in northeast Nigeria, Mr. Sadanobu Kusaoke, Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, reiterated his country’s commitment to support efforts that create opportunities to those affected by the ongoing conflict. Further, he laid emphasis on the need for joint global effort to restore lives and hope for the people of northeast Nigeria.
“The needs of forcibly displaced communities in the northeast are tremendous, and we are committed to providing assistance to support a safe and dignified environment for families to return.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Government of Japan, we will improve sanitation facilities, provide alternative sources of energy, and improve safety and security for people forced to flee, who need protection,” stated Antonio Jose Canhandula, UNHCR Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS.
To date, UNHCR Nigeria has received about USD12 million in contributions from the United States of America, Belgium, Japan, the European Union the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and private donors.