Bill Gates Pledges $7bn in Aid to Nigeria, Other African Countries

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* Says Ukraine war reducing aid

Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said at the weekend that it was committing $7 billion to Nigeria and other African countries over the next four years, just as the head of the organisation, Bill Gates has warned that the Ukraine crisis was reducing the amount of aid flowing to the continent.
The foundation’s pledge, which is up 40 per cent on the amount spent during the previous four years, will target projects tackling hunger, disease, poverty and gender inequality.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, will take the biggest share, the international organisation stated.
Humanitarian groups in Africa are grappling with the diversion of funding away towards Ukraine, and as Russia’s invasion increases goods prices globally, impacting aid operations, a Reuters report said.

“The European budgets are deeply affected by the Ukraine war and so right now the trend for aid is not to go up,” the billionaire…



Source: Thisday Newspaper