NEDC, World Bank review $200m North-East rehabilitation fund
In a bid to review the level of utilization of the $200m North- East Rehabilitation fund, the North East Development Commission, NEDC, World Bank and other development partners have resolved that 50% of the rehabilitation funds has been utilized.
Speaking with journalists after the review, the Managing Director, NEDC Alhaji Alkali Mohammed, stated that the devastating effect of the insurgency in the North East orchestrated the need for a universal recover plan, to restore communities and ensure that there is a systematic and coordinated plan for safe return of displaced population.
According to Mohammed the Multi Sector Crisis Recovery Project, MCRP, program has gone mid way through the support of its development partners, adding that the end result is to bringing back the north east to its lost glory.
He noted that the review and assessment meeting will seek to ensure that resources are concentrated where they are most needed and to ascertain proper coordination to avoid duplication of already existing efforts in the region.
‘‘During the heat of the crisis in the North East the F.G decided that some of the states in the region Borno, Adamawa, Yobe need special assistance so through funding from the World Bank the F.G directed $200m dollars to the states to reduce the hardship which birth the Multi sector crisis Recovery Project, MCRP.
‘‘The Multi sector crisis Recovery Project, MCRP covers all aspects of development and recovery activities of these states, in terms of rebuilding houses in the region, restoration of dilapidated facilities and services among others.
‘‘These 3 states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe are already benefiting from this facilities and the program has gone mid-way so the world bank has come for a mid-term review to see what has been done, what was not done properly and what needs to be done going forward to achieve its vocal objective of rehabilitating affected states in the North East’’ he explained.
He however added that assessing the period of implementation, progress has been made but the main challenge in a state like Borno is the existence of a large number of Internally Displaced Persons, IDP’s where the commission hopes to bring stability to as quickly as possible.