The United Kingdom (UK)’s International Development Minister, James Wharton, has expressed his country’s commitment to support Nigeria in addressing the humanitarian needs of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the north east.
Wharton said: “Nigeria’s success truly matters to the UK and to Africa as a whole. It is a tragedy that the conflict in the north east of the country has left millions of people in urgent need of shelter, protection, food and emergency health care. On this visit, I saw for myself some of the humanitarian aid from the British people going to those in such desperate need. This UK support is helping to improve security and stability.
“My visit is further evidence that the UK is an outward-looking, globally engaged nation, and I want to deepen the broad range of support and assistance we provide Nigeria, including in health, education and economic reform as part of that. As we move to seize the opportunities presented by leaving the European Union, we are all the more determined to work together on tackling big challenges facing the country – which is both in Nigeria and the UK’s interests”
He made the remark at his return from his first visit to Nigeria. The minister was on a three-day official visit from Thursday, 1 September to Saturday, 3 September, where he visited cities of Kaduna, Abuja and Lagos.
In a statement released on Monday by the British High Commission in Abuja, Wharton noted that as Africa’s most populous country, “Nigeria’s success matters to the UK and to the African continent as a whole: a stable, secure and prosperous Nigeria means economic opportunities for British businesses and a safer, more secure UK.”]]>