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UN, Borno govt launch $40m Resilience and Social Cohesion Project

From right: WFP Head of Area Office, Maiduguri Mr Bernard Owadi, UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Dr Clement Adams, UNICEF Chief of Maiduguri Field Office and Commissioner for Finance Budget and Planning Alhaji Adamu Lawan at the launch of resilience project Maiduguri.

The United Nations in collaboration with Borno state government have launched, over forty million dollars resilience and social cohesion project for vulnerable persons. 

The multi-sectoral project is being implemented by the United Nations Education Fund UNICEF, World Food Programme WFP and Borno state government with support from the government of Germany. 

At the launch of the project in Maiduguri, UNICEF Chief of Field Office Dr Clement Adams said more than one hundred and fifty-six thousand vulnerable families have been targeted to benefit from a three-year intervention. 

He noted that the project will be implemented in Shani and Bade local government areas of Borno and Yobe states covering six sectors which include nutrition, health, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, livelihood and child protection. 

Dr Adams remarked the targeted beneficiaries are pregnant and lactating mothers, female-headed households, children and people with disability. 

World Food Programme Head of Maiduguri office Mr Bernard Owadi said the project is community-driven to ensure its sustainability. 

He expressed hope that the resilience and peace project will be replicated in the remaining local government areas of the two states. 

Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning Alhaji Adamu Lawan called on communities of Shani local government to own the projects so as benefit from the intervention. 

He assured of the state government’s support and cooperation to ensure that the objectives of the programme is achieved. 

Reporting by Dauda Illiya, Editing by Omotola Oguneye