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FG, World Bank launch recovery project for North East

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk.

The Federal Government in collaboration with the World Bank has launched a Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project towards rehabilitation and improving critical infrastructure and livelihood in the North East.

At the Launching of the project in Abuja, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq explained that the project was designed to complement the existing frameworks of the federal government for continued support towards economy recovery of the most affected states; Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

The minister noted that there were new targeted beneficiaries in the additional financing phase of the project while the federal government and the World Bank decided to extend the funding and duration of the project.

According to Hajiya Sadiya, the additional financing of the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project presents another opportunity for the stakeholders to further solidify the progress made and to ensure that citizens in need across the participating states can recover their livelihoods, have access to quality health care, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, improved engagement with elected officials.

The Minister expressed Nigeria’s inclusion in the Regional Project for the Lake Chad Basin Countries, Cameroun, Republic of Niger and Chad in information sharing, regular dialogue for lasting solutions to climate change, unemployment and conflict on the nation’s borders.

Managing Director, North East Development Commission, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali said the Commission had been working closely with the multilateral development banks and donor partners to ensure that resources are properly targeted to address the critical needs of the people of North East in line with international best practices.

Alhaji Alkali said “the Multi-Sectorial Crisis Recovery Project, additional financing would focus on the agriculture value chain improvement to revitalise agriculture beyond the subsistence level, resulting in improved productivity, more opportunities for sustainable livelihoods and addressing the food security challenges in the region”.

United Nations representative, Ernest Mutanga described the project as landmark progress and to engage with North East Development Commission NEDC towards transforming the region.

Reporting by Samuel Adeyinka; editing by Muzha Kucha