The government of Germany has released an additional contribution of 15 million Euros to the Regional Stabilisation Facility for the Lake Chad region.
Together with an envisaged payment of a further 15million Euro in 2021, Germany’s support to the facility will total 40million Euro (18 Billion Naira).
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The key aim of the Regional Stabilisation Facility, Daily Trust gathered, is to improve safety, restore essential infrastructure and provide livelihood opportunities in communities affected by violent conflict in the Lake Chad region.
To that effect, the program works closely with communities in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
In Nigeria, the RSF operates in seven communities across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, where German contributions will total 13 million Euros (N5.9 billion).
A key component of the engagement is civil-military cooperation at both local and state levels to enable lasting stabilization results.
German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs. Birgitt Ory, said: “The Regional Stabilisation Facility for Lake Chad is an offer to our Nigerian partners to work jointly toward improved civil-military cooperation and renewed stabilisation partnerships involving all actors: the national government, the governors, security forces and civil society. Together, we join efforts to build partnerships for lasting peace and stability.”
The Regional Stabilisation Facility is a financing facility developed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from Germany as well as the European Union, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
It has been conceived as a regional instrument to facilitate the implementation of the Regional Stabilisation Strategy (RSS) of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and African Union.
The RSS seeks to restore security and bring relief to communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.