Lagos - President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the gesture by the World Bank to spend more than US$2.1 (N417.9 million) to rebuild the Northeastern part of Nigeria.
A reign of terror by the Boko Haram sect in recent years has destroyed structures and livelihoods in the region.
At a meeting in Washington late Tuesday with representatives of the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Health Organization (WHO), Buhari said apart from rebuilding the region in terms of infrastructure, priority must also be given to the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs), who now number over 1 million.
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“He urged the World Bank to send a team, which would work in concert with a team from the Federal Government, so that a proper assessment of needs could be done,” said Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.
The World Bank, Adesina stated, was eager to move in quickly, give out the loans, and give succor to the people of North-east.
These have borne the biggest brunt of the insurgency that has claimed over 20 000 lives.
- CAJ News