N21bn Donation Is For The Poor – EU Tells Nigeria
The Head, European Union(EU) Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, has said that the N21bn (€50m) donated to Nigeria by the EU is largely meant for the poor.”That is why part of the €50m we provide will also be for the relief and Safety net for the most vulnerable people, internally displaced persons. The poor people that depend on the informal market, they do day to day work to put food on their table, the elderly, IDPs, and these, particularly, vulnerable people are the centre stage of our intervention.” he said. Earlier, he had said that the donation was also meant for the provision of Personal Protection Equipment, Kits, and to double the testing capacity for COVID-19 in the country. Karlsen said the fund, which would be administered by the United Nations would increase the capacity of COVID-19 in the country. Karlsen stressed that the EU was concerned about the health and economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, noting that Europe did not want Nigeria to experience what it was going through presently. Earlier the President, Muhammadu Buhari commended the European Union for the donation. In his remarks, Karlsen described the donation, channelled through the United Nations COVID-19 basket fund as the largest single contribution to the response in Nigeria so far and the largest support that EU is providing anywhere outside Europe.