European Union, World Bank earmark N60b for resettlement projects in Borno

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The European Union and World Bank have earmarked N60 billion to execute rehabilitation, resettlement and livelihoods projects by FAO and eight other implementing partners in Borno State.

The projects are to “build the resilience” of about 1.8 million Boko Haram victims and public sector institutions in the state.

EU and the World Bank targeted seven Local councils within the three agricultural zones of the state, particularly Askira, Biu, Hawul, Damboa, Jere, Damasak, and Kukawa.

“There is the possibility to transfer to other locations based on access and needs,” said Mr. Kurt Cornelis, Head of Cooperation, of the European Union delegation to Nigeria.

The state’s Commissioner for Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (MRRR), Prof. Babagana Umara disclosed this yesterday in Maiduguri at the flagging off of nine EU funded projects.

He said the projects are to strengthen public administration and management system for better and sustained public service deliveries in insurgency affected communities.

His words: “The total package for these projects amounted to 143 million euros. This is a grant to Borno State government from EU. 123 million euros, is for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of basic services.”

He said the basic services to be provided to insurgency affected communities, include education, healthcare delivery, water supply and sanitation with various livelihood projects.

He further disclosed that 20 million euros was also earmarked by the World Bank for technical support of the nine projects.

The implementing partners, according to him, include Disaster Waste Recovery (DWR) that will recruit 10, 000 youths for the sanitation of Maiduguri, Bama and Biu towns.

He said the implementation of this project, was in collaboration with Borno State Environment Protection Agency (BOSEPA), while the Department for International Development (DFID) would to provide solar electrification to insurgency affected schools, health centres and water supply facilities in some selected communities.

FAO, according to him, is to support 70, 000 households with agricultural inputs for livestock, rain fed, dry season, aquaculture and poultry farming.

The UNDP and WHO are to intervene in 20 insurgency affected communities of the state by rehabilitating 20 primary schools, three secondary schools, and supply of potable water to 20 communities.

The UN agencies, according to him, are to also rehabilitate the destroyed health facilities, while the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is to drill 28 boreholes and 278 tube wells with pumping units in addition to supporting 15, 000 farmers with inputs.

Mercy-Corp, according to the commissioner, will provide grants for agricultural input, rehabilitation of vocational training centres, distribution of shelter kits and cash transfers to 10, 000 beneficiaries.

The donor agency will also rehabilitate community assets destroyed in the nine-year insurgency.

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