By Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State on wednesday revealed that “Yobe is the second most affected state that recorded massive destruction of facilities and infrastructure by the insurgency, that need for additional facilities to support government efforts to effectively serve the people cannot be overemphasized as some of the displaced persons have chosen to settle permanently in their host communities within the state and other communities.”
Tha Governor stated this in an address when he received the World Bank Team on introduction to sustainable solutions for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host cities/communities in Yobe State at large.
According to him, “We have also recorded a massive influx of internally displaced persons from other states thereby putting more pressure and overstretching the existing facilities in the host communities”.
The Governor further said “On this note, l wish to reassure the readiness of our administration to give full support for a rewarding partnership for the SOLID project in the State to succeed”.
“I have recently approved the appointment of a competent focal point/coordinator for the SOLID project to facilitate coordinated inception activities, and enhance collaboration with the respective MDAs for data generation and strategic policy direction”.
“l wish to reiterate the commitment of the Yobe State government to our recovery priorities which include restoration of basic Infrastructure and Services; economic empowerment of local communities; addressing the root causes of the crisis, enhancing resilience; and most importantly, strengthening internal security”.
“I, therefore, call on all MDAs to ensure full participation in the inception activities for better state ownership and sustainability of the SOLID project. The MDAs are also directed to identify areas of intervention and ensure harmonization for greater impact across the state”.
“Let me state emphatically that I will personally monitor the implementation of the SOLID project to ensure its success in the state”.
“The Governor thank the World Bank for its support to Yobe State Government and to reassure you of our continuous support and partnership to ensure the success of the project in Yobe State at large”.
Earlier speaking, the leader of task team Ford Malkawi said that they were in the state to work on projects through the MCRP, identify challenges of the host communities, and chart ways of improving livelihoods through support to agriculture in order to scale up the success stories.