WFP Executive Director In Nigeria To Visit Northeast Torn By Boko Haram Conflict

ABUJA – World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin arrives in Nigeria late Tuesday for talks with government officials and to visit the Northeast, where WFP is assisting more than a million people who lives were wrecked by Boko Haram violence

After meetings with government and United Nations officials in Abuja, Cousin flies to the northeastern city of Maiduguri to review WFP operations and meet families receiving assistance, and partners, WFP staff and government officials leading the response to the crisis.

Conflict with Boko Haram has left nearly two million people in need of emergency assistance. In December, WFP provided cash or food assistance to more than one million people in the region. It plans to scale up the numbers in the months before the onset of the lean season.

Cousin will take part in a news conference in Abuja on Friday on her return from the Northeast and she will also be available for one-on-one interviews with the media.

Date and time: Friday, 27 January at 1:00 pm Location: Emergency Coordination Center/Hilton Hotel, Nassarawa Room, Floor 2.

WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: Andre Vornic, WFP/Maiduguri, Mob. 09070251497 Simon Pierre Diouf WFP/Abuja, Mob. 08165106491

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