By; MAIDUGU ALI, Damaturu
Governor Mai Mala Buni has appreciated the efforts of Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project for North-East for distribution of non-food items and agricultural inputs to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the state.
The Governor explained that his administration would continue to work hand in hand with the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery for North-East Project (MCRP) to support the returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs in the state.
Speaking during the flagging off of the distribution of the items to the beneficiaries, the state coordinator of the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project, Alhaji Idi Musa Jidawa said it is a government of Nigeria project, funded by the World Bank and implemented in three states of the North-East sub region of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
” Idi Musa Jidawa said, the aim is to improve the livelihood of affected communities by facilitating recovery from the negative effects of Boko Haram conflict, strengthen social cohesion and rehabilitate infrastructure and restore service delivery to the people of North-East region of the country.
“He explained that the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East has affected 15 million people since 2009 adding that due to the violence, more than 20,000 lives have been lost and over two million people have been displaced.
Idi Musa noted that Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery project is a very comprehensive recovery project aimed at addressing humanitarian development challenges posed by the insurgency which is also on-line with Yobe state Integrated recovery plan tailored on the principles of improving community’s physical, social and economic resilience.
The Coordinator of the project said, the official Flagg off the distribution of the transitional support package to the beneficiaries which includes internally displaced persons IDPs, host communities, returnees and the most vulnerable people in the state.
According to him, the intervention is meant to increase and improve access to basic necessity kits for stabilization and restore immediate access to productive assets to restore means of livelihood.
The coordinator explained that under the transitional support, they are reaching out to Eight thousand nine hundred and sixty (8,960) beneficiaries in eight local government areas of Gujba, Gulani, Fika, Potiskum, Damaturu, Tarmuwa, Gaidam and Yunusari.
He said that, already 58 sub-projects have been assessed under the component in the areas of health care, education, WASH and public building sector among others.
He commended the tremendous support rendered by the Yobe state government in facilitating the smooth take off of the projects in the state adding that few to be highlighted are signing of the subsidiary agreement for the commencement of the projects in the state and providing of befitting office complex to the organization.