The Federal Government has inaugurated a National Steering Committee to oversee the implementation of over $200 Million project for the recovery of Infrastructure in North-East region.
At the inauguration of the committee in Abuja, Chairman of the Committee and Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq called on members of the Committee to ensure speedy recovery and rehabilitation of the people of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States within the time frame of the project.
The 3 years programme, Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery project (MCRP) PROLAC is funded by the World Bank and coordinated by the North-East Development Commission.
Infrastructure, economic and social activities in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States have over years declined due to Insurgency and Banditry.
Hajiya Sadiya said the project which was initially launched for the Lake Chad Region before Nigeria joined after series of negotiation by the Federal government would help to enhance rapid development of the Region.
“It is World Bank project designed for Lake Chad basically for Cameroon, Chad, and Republic of Niger, Later on, Nigeria was added to the beneficiaries of the project”. The Minister explained.
The Coordinator, North East Recovery & Stability Programme, North East Development Commission, Muhammad Danjuma, said the committee has the terms of reference to support the Government of Nigeria in rehabilitating and improving critical service delivery infrastructure, livelihood opportunities of conflict and displacement- affected communities, and strengthen social cohesion in the North East participating states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
Other members of the committee include, the Managing Director of North East Development Commission, Alhaji Muhammed Alkali Kukawa, Project Coordinator; Professor Umar Bolgoro, some North East Governors and Director Humanitarian Affairs, Alhaji Ali Grema.
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