TICAD7: EU Pledges €50M to Support Humanitarian and Development Efforts in Nigeria’s NE

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Nigeria and the European Union, on Thursday, in Yokohama, signed a €50 million Memorandum of Understanding to support humanitarian and development efforts in the North East region.

The signing of the agreement took place on the sidelines of the ongoing seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Japan (TICAD7).

Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja said the cooperation agreement which was signed by Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama and EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr Neven Mimica, would bring the total EU support to the country to 562 million Euros for 2014 to 2020.

Neven Mimica Tweeted about the development on Thursday:

President Muhammadu Buhari, who thanked the EU member states for their support especially for the North East, described as “pathetic the situation in internally displaced camps.”

He also called for further assistance to improve youth education in the region to take them out of poverty.

Commissioner Mimica said Nigeria’s request for enhanced assistance would be given priority consideration since it had come at the time that the EU was in the process of preparing its seven-year budget.

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