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The Head, European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Amb. 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 markets, 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.

Fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, shortly after announcing the €50m donation at the Presidential Villa, Karlsen said the fund, which would be administered by the United Nations would increase the capacity of COVID-19 treatment in the country.

He said, “The pandemic requires global responses and if we try to fix it country by country, we may not get it right and that is why we are adopting a multilateral approach.

“So, Team Europe came up with a significant package for Nigeria; we are mobilising €50m and another €1.2m that we already gave as part of humanitarian assistance through UNICEF.”

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.

Receiving the EU delegation, Buhari said the donation would go a long way in supporting Nigeria’s efforts at controlling and containing the virus.

The President, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, also conveyed the condolences of the government and people of Nigeria to EU-member countries and families that lost their loved ones to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said, “Although the EU is facing significant challenges due to this pandemic, I am indeed touched and grateful that the EU still had the vision and foresight to remember its friends, partners and allies across the world.”

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.

He said, “We heard your call for assistance and the EU has reacted swiftly as a demonstration of our true partnership.”


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  1. Will the bastards listen and give the poor the money in a very transparent and efficient manner?

    We all know they wouldn't

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    1. Will the children of anger ever see anything good in their avowed enemy?Like Spiro Agnew said ' nattering nabobs of negativism' so sorry.

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    2. Thank you for your giving money to the poor people of Nigeria and you should be able to see what federal government of Nigeria doing

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  2. Let this one no enter voice mail as usual.

    I have a few questions to ask since this conavirus came into the country and till date.

    1. How many new test kits have been purchased for each state.

    2. How many new PPE has been purchased for the health workers

    3. How many ventilator do we have at the moment and how many additional ones has been purchased.

    4. How many new oxygen has been purchased

    My advise is government should use this opportunity to equip our hospitals with the necessary equipments needed at this time.
    Also accountability and transparency is the key to go a long way. I wish our ministers watch CNN when New York State governor is given his speech every morning. He will give you figures, statistics etc.

    Lastly there should be a bonus to all our healthcare personnels in the frontline battling this conavirus patients.

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  3. Ok oooo nigeria that dont even know its number of citizens talk more the number of the poor so how will they benefits this benevolence from the government we sit down they wait oooo

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  4. Enter your comment...hmm! we are waiting!

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  5. Nigeria Government is not doing nothing they spending the money for their self

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  6. No Kobo has been giving anyone in Nigeria oooo...they have shared it within themoooo

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  7. No Kobo has been giving anyone in Nigeria oooo...they have shared it within themoooo and they said, Eastern won't get anything from the fund

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  8. Enter your comment...and here in Akwa ibom money is shared and emezzle by politicans who doesn't have self control .and death conscience.
    they money should be shared to indigens account
    and not giving to political offices.

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  9. I prayed that God should touch our Leaders to do the needful with these donations. But if anybody that eat this money should also eat COVID19 as well.

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  10. Enter your comment... provided snake no swallow am again

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  11. Make them eat,nobody lives forever dear,keep it up.Eat all,keep all for urselves and generation unborn.

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  12. Who says they will....

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  13. Can any good thing come out from these Buhari led goverment? the answer is capital NO

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  14. God is the final arbiter.....

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  15. Hmmm,why are they not giving the money to each and every individual via hid bank account. I swear no any Nigerian will get single Kobo out of the huge amount of money given by EU.h

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  16. Hmmm, till we see, if this nigNigen government.

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  17. God we need u now to hijack this country Nigeria bcos am tired,

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  18. Covid-19 is an opportunity 4 Nigeria govt to steal money,they will only do camouflage instead of sharing d money shame on dem

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  19. EU has done big mistake by giving money to Nigeria then asking the Government to gv to the poor... EU you ppl are just dashing did criminals more money.

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  20. Those thief's and senseless animals in human form, they are keeping the money for 2023 election. The fool gathereth riches not knowing who will spend it..FYI, Covid-19 is real keep stealing money by the time it trigger and reach it's peak I hope those who refused to give what belongs to the poor will die of Corona-virus and use the money to campaign in HELL..

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  21. We just needed that instruction manual on how the money should be spent

    Stupid country

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  22. We are waiting to see how this will be handled

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  23. We are waiting to see how this will be handled

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  24. Tomorrow u will hear that antelope carried the money.... NDI ojoo

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  25. the point is that Nigeria is not a place to do this kind of donations even our local donors are doing that for their own personal recognition so that letter contract to cover up will be given to them period

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  26. open all this donations, most Nigerians are still suffering from hunger. what a blind country we are

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