The Australian Government has provided N228 million between 2016 and now for 26 organisations working on child development and the eradication of malnutrition in the North East.
This was, on Thursday, disclosed by the country’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Lehmann.
The Envoy who spoke in Abuja during a meeting with the Founder/CEO of Empower 54, Modupe Ozolua, said the Australian government was committed to reducing food insecurity among IDPs through its Direct Aid Programme, funded by its High Commission.
He said the Australian government, through the DAP programme, last year “provided N217m to 25 organisations working in education, agriculture, health, good governance and water and sanitation.”
Lehmann added, “The Australian High Commission is pleased to partner Empower 54, a non-governmental organisation, by providing a grant of N11, 712, 644.00 towards the establishment of a Ready -to-Use Therapeutic Foods production programme.
“The project will save the lives of an estimated 12, 000 malnourished children annually in the North East, Nigeria. The funding will provide for the purchase of ingredients and machinery and the training of production staff to enable the production of RUTF in Nigeria which will be given at no cost to the beneficiaries.
“Through the DAP programme last year, the Australian government provided approximately N217 million to 25 organisations working to build a prosperous and inclusive Nigeria. This funding was directed towards assisting people in a range of sectors including education, agriculture, health, good governance and water and sanitation. DAP has a particular focus on helping the most vulnerable members of society, including women, children and persons living with disability.”
Ozolua said, “We are about to start a small scale production which is strictly humanitarian. It is not for retail. The products will be given directly to affected children. It will not be for sale.”