Nigerians Need More Than Food From G7 Nations

NIGERIANS are grateful that the G7 group of nations, an inter-governmental organisation made up of the world’s largest developed economies – France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada – has appropriated $382 million (N180 billion) to combat the worsening food crisis and famine in Boko Haram-ravaged North-East Nigeria.

The project, tagged ‘G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Compact’, is aimed at leading international efforts through the UN High-Level Task Force on Preventing Famine to stem the growth of humanitarian needs and ensure that people in North-East of Nigeria have access to food, clean water and sanitation.

The project is also aimed at ensuring that children in that part of Nigeria have access to lifesaving malnutrition treatment and vaccinations as well as protect civilians, especially women and girls, from violence.

According to the statistics released, 1.9 million people have been displaced in the North-East as a result of the on-going conflict, while about 300,000 have fled to neighbouring countries. Within that zone, about 8.7 million people need assistance.

While we commend the G7 for this intervention, we call on them to further assist by taking measures that will tackle the root cause of this famine and prevent the spread of the same problem to the South as it is already happening.

The G7 countries must change their attitude of waiting for the damage to be done in Africa and Third World countries and then start indiscriminately throwing money at the problems.