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Buni urges World Bank to support resettlement of insurgency victims in Yobe



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By Bala Dauda, Damaturu


Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has urged the World Bank to minimise administrative bottlenecks in its support for the state’s recovery programme for resetting communities devastated by insurgency.

Buni made the plea when he received the World Bank delegation, who paid him a working visit, saying the administrative bottlenecks had slowed down some projects and programmes.

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“The longer it takes to channel the support the more it is badly affected by inflation because, if you plan to execute a particular project or programme and you cost it on an existing rate, if it is not done in time, it will certainly be affected by inflation on prices of raw materials for the project,” he said.

The governor also called on the bank to partner with the state on irrigation, under the Multi Sectorial Crisis Response Programme.

“Agriculture remains the mainstay of our people, and it provides them with sustainable means of livelihood, food supply, and security.

“We are encouraging irrigation agriculture because of the unpredictable nature of rain fed agriculture owing to the climate change. We always have flooding, drought, or desert encroachment hence the need to encourage irrigation.

“We shall appreciate a great deal of partnership with you to boost irrigation farming taking advantage of our land bank, improved security where our people now have access to their farms, unhindered. The government is committed to making irrigation farming attractive, and profitable in Yobe State, ” Buni added.

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Leader of the delegation, Mrs Madhu Raghunath, commended Governor Buni for providing the required leadership in making the recovery process very efficient and effective.

“We would like to share the Yobe State experience with some states to hasten the resettlement, recovery, and resettlement of their displaced communities.

“We have always enjoyed working with you and will continue to partner you to effectively improve the resettlement of the displaced communities.

She said the World Bank was focusing on a world free of poverty in a liveable planet.













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