The Federal Government in collaboration with World Bank has launched a Mult sectoral Crisis Recovery Project towards rehabilitation and improving critical infrastructure and livelihood in the North East.
The 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’s for continued supports towards economy recovery of the most affected States of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
“We would continue to encourage you to do more, mindful that though we have made significant gains in the process of the recovery and development of the region, there remains a lot to be done.
This is reflected in the new targets for beneficiary numbers in the additional financing phase of the project as well as the decision taken by the government of Nigeria and the world bank in extend the funding and duration of the project. The Minister Said.
According to Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq The additional financing of the Multi Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project presents another opportunity for the stakeholders to further solidify the progress that we have made and do more to ensure that citizens in need across the three participating states can recover their livelihoods, have access to quality health care, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, improved engagement with elected officials.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs,Disaster Management and Social Development expressed optimism that the project would facilitate Improved performance not only by building back better infrastructure but ensuring that the quality of services provided is raised.
She said with the increase in scope of the additional financing phase, as earlier presented, the emphasis on improving the agricultural value chain plays a prominent part of the strategy to move the region further along the path of sustainable development.
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 nations borders.
At the event, the 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 the 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 Mult -Sectorial Crisis Recovery Project MCRP, additional Financing would focus on the agriculture value chain improvement in the next phase of the project complements the plans by the commission to revitalize agriculture beyond the subsistence level and encourage that will remit greater level of mechanization within the sector, resulting in improved productivity, more opportunities for sustainable livelihoods and addressing the food security challenges in the region”.
In a remark, the United Nations representative, Mr Ernest Mutanga described the project as landmark progress and to engage with North East Development Commission NEDC towards transforming the region.