The World Food Programme (WFP) has promised to give food assistance to 1.5 million Nigerians in 2018.
The WFP Country Representative, Myrta Kaulard, said that from 2017 to date WFP had spent 126 million dollars to give food assistance in various forms to 1.1 million people in the sixteen northern states of Nigeria.
The states are Bauchi, Benue, Gombe, Jigawa, Plateau, Niger, Kebbi, Katsina, Kaduna,Taraba, Zamfara,Sokoto,Kano, Yobe, Borno and Adamawa.
Kaulard said that the number of the affected people would be increased during the lean season between June and September when the food stock would have been depleted.
She said WFP was able to carry out the exercise by mopping up assistance from the government of countries that are friendly to Nigeria.
“We also provide nutritional supply to pregnant women to prevent unnecessary mother and child death.” She said
Kaulard said that WFP also assisted peopled in the Boko Haram insurgency affected areas.
WFP started its presence in Nigeria in 2016 upon the request of the Federal Government to assist in the crisis in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, as a result of insurgency.