North East Nigeria to get $800m from World Bank

North East Nigeria to get $800m from World Bank

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In response to the destroyed regions of North East Nigeria, the World Bank has alloted 800 million dollars to address the poverty issues in the region and aid with the rebuilding of infrastructure.

Ms Fatma Samoura, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator, made this known on Thursday while in a meeting with Governor Kashim Shettima and other government officials in Maiduguri.

“Yesterday, we had a long discussion with the World Bank team that came from Washington to attend the workshop.

“The workshop is for validating the year findings of the recovery and peace-building assessment.

“They have promised to leverage 800 million dollars for the North East to response to recovery, rehabilitation, de-mining, waste management and debris processing for the North East of Nigeria,” she said.

The UN Representative further said that the UNDP is finding it difficult mobilizing resources for Nigeria due to the crisis situation in other parts of the world.

“As we all know, the Syrian crisis that is affecting Europe is also taking a heavy toll in terms of funding from our traditional donors.

“We are trying our best to ensure that our advocacy and our communication strategy are up to the level where we will be receiving more attention from the donor community.

“The humanitarian response plan, as we speak, is just 10 per cent funded, meaning we have only received 24 million dollars.

“This is out of 248 million dollars budgeted for the North East of Nigeria for 2016,” she said.

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