Nigeria intensifies effort toward rebuilding the North-East

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria’ effort of rebuilding the North-East region has received a lot of support from the UN and other development partners.

The Nigerian government on her part, decided to carry out an assessment in the area, to confirm the extent of damage and take the necessary action towards rebuilding the zone.

Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadau Buhari on Internally Displaced Persons, Dr Mariam Masha, who disclosed this to the media in Abuja, said frantic efforts were being made to rebuild the region in the next four years.

Speaking at the opening of a two-day validation and consensus workshop on rebuilding the North-East, the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Internally Displaced Persons, Dr Maryam Masha said support has been coming from the UN, World Bank and the European Union.

“Humanitarian assistance for the North-East is on-going and will not stop. We have support from our partners like the UN, EU and the World Bank, we have support from donors and also we have a very good support from the Nigerian government. The kind of money needed for the work in the North-East is not something that can be raised certainly in one day. It’s an on-going process,” She said.

Clear Picture
Dr Masha said an assessment carried out by the Nigerian government in collaboration with the three bodies has given a clear picture of the damage as it also gave a clear direction on the rebuilding process.

“The assessment basically builds on work that has been done both at the Federal and State government levels, looking at the initiatives that are already on-going at the Federal government level in a way that it will be useful. It has shown us what the damages are and it has shown us what the needs are and it’s going to help in planning and sequencing the interventions that would be provided in the North-East as part of the recovery process,” Dr Masha stated.

For his side, an official of the EU, Mr Hwan Kaslam, said the assessment, which is in line with their principles, was thorough and would be very useful.

“This has been a very successful and intense exercise. The European Union, together with the United Nations and the World Bank we have an agreement, a protocol to conduct this kind of assessments in order to help the countries in this kind of situations all over the world and that offers the way forward in tackling the situation,” he said.

Mr Kaslam said the international Organizations were happy with the efforts of the Nigerian government towards rebuilding the devastated zone.

Participants at the workshop also praised government’s initiative of carrying out the assessment, which they said was a step in the right direction.

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