According to the United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of African Affairs, Miss Cynthia Akuetteh, Nigeria has received almost 42 million dollars from the US global hunger and food security Initiative. Akuetteh made the remark on Tuesday in Port Harcourt at the UN- Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC) programme.
Akuetteh pointed out that a portion of the grant had been used to improve food security and livelihood in the Niger Delta. In her words, “This support has improved aqua culture, rice and cassava- based livelihoods and helped care-givers of orphans and vulnerable populations generate more sustainable income.”
She said that since 2006, the United States had provided over 35 million dollars worth of equipment which included automatic identification system, radars, defender class boats to Nigeria and other West African countries.
The US Deputy Assistant Secretary also said that convening the BNC Niger Delta working Group in Port Harcourt was an unprecedented demonstration of the United States commitment to stability in the Niger Delta. “We believe if we can help the Delta chart a secure, prosperous and environmentally sustainable course, then the region’s success will be Nigeria’s success as well.”
Nigerians do sincerely hope that hose funds are being used for the exact purpose for which they have been received.