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Gov. Buni Assures Personal Supervision of SOLID Project in Yobe

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By Bala Dauda, Damaturu

 

Yobe state Governor Mai Mala Buni has said he would personally supervise the implementation of the Sustainable Solutions for Long-Term Displaced persons (SOLID) project to ensure the success of the programme in the state.

He stated this when a team from the World Bank paid him a working visit in Damaturu.

“I am delighted to welcome yet another initiative by the World Bank to support the state government in implementing more sustainable solutions for long-term displaced persons and to support the host communities in dealing with the challenges they face.

“Yobe is the second most affected state that recorded massive destruction of facilities and infrastructure by the insurgency, therefore, the 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 the host communities.

“We have also recorded massive influx of internally displaced persons from other states thereby putting more pressure and overstretching the existing facilities in the host communities” Governor Buni said.

He commended the World Bank and other development partners for supporting the recovery efforts of the state government in resettling displaced persons in their communities with dignity.

“This administration appreciates the various efforts and commitments of donors and development partners especially the World Bank in filling the gaps of developmental challenges and complementing government efforts to meet the needs of the affected communities.

He directed MDAs to ensure full participation for ownership and sustainability of the SOLID project “the MDAs should identify areas of intervention and ensure harmonization for greater impact across the state”.

Leader of the delegation, Fuad Malkawea, commended the positive interventions made by the Multi Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP) another World Bank programme in the state.

He assured that the partnership will further provide support to the host communities.

“The intervention is to provide support to existing facilities some of which are over stretched” he observed.

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