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President Buhari lauds UNDP for assisting to stabilise the N’ east

President Muhammadu Buhari has praised the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, to Nigeria in diverse ways, particularly in stabilising the northeast.

The President made the commendation at the State House, Abuja, while playing host to the Head of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa. Ms Ahunna Eziakonwa.

He said the Federal Government was doing its best to rehabilitate Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, and return them to their ancestral homes, but with meagre resources, assistance from bodies like the UNDP come in handy.

The President said as a developing nation, Nigeria would appreciate sustained help from international organisations to get her dreams realised.

He thanked Nigerian-born Ms Eziakonwa for her official visit, noting that herself, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of the World Trade Organisation, and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Muhammad, were some of the women doing Nigeria proud internationally.

The Head of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa said she was delighted during her visit to the northeast when she saw incredible progress being made in helping people to restore their livelihoods, teachers and students back in schools, police stations being rebuilt, and health centres being reconstructed.

On youth development, Ms Eziakonwa said Africa was now being seen from a problem lens to an opportunity lens, and that efforts are being made to tap into youth dynamism, provision of social protection, digital technology, the Africa Continental Free Trade Area, and focus on climate change.

Reporting by Bello Wakili/Abdullah Bello , Editing by Tola Oguneye