The acting Canadian High Commissioner Nicholas Simard has said his country is willing to support Nigeria with $10 million in its battle against insecurity.
Simard made this announcement when he visited the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, in Abuja. There, he stressed the need to build the capacity of personnel of the Police Force, among other things to diminish violence.
The Head, Press and Public Relations Unit of the Ministry of Police Affairs, Odutayo Oluseyi, in a statement quoted Simard as saying that Nigeria is a multi-faceted developing country, with insecurity posing a great challenge to its growth.
The High Commissioner said this has become a thing of worry and has necessitated their advocacy. He applauded the Police for the overwhelming services rendered to him since he came into the country.
Dingyadi said the cordial relationship between Nigeria and Canada has grown stronger over the years. He said Canada’s quest and support in promoting human rights, peace and unity, not only in Nigeria but in Africa at large, cannot be over-emphasised.
The minister said the Nigerian government has put every mechanism in place to make sure that no individual’s right is tampered, as well as ensure the security of lives and properties of the citizenry.
This isn’t the first time Canada will be supporting Nigeria with funds on sensitive and critical issues.
Canada while regretting that cases of rape and molestation increased in Nigeria during the coronavirus pandemic, last year, donated $750,000 to help women’s rights organisations ramp-up efforts to end Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria.
“Canada is pleased to announce an additional $750K for its Women’s Voice and Leadership Nigeria project. The commission will partner with Action Aid Nigeria to help women’s rights organisations ramp-up efforts to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, which has worsened during COVID-19.
“Canada is pleased to announce an additional $750K for its Women’s Voice and Leadership Nigeria project with @ActionAidNG to help women’s rights orgs ramp-up efforts to #EndSGBV, which has worsened during #COVID19. #WVLNigeria #CanadaDevNG pic.twitter.com/i16fFdDqQE — Canada in Nigeria (@CanHCNigeria) June 17, 2020,” it said.