World Bank earmarks N195m to complete projects in Yobe

The World Bank has earmarked N195 million for the completion of 133 community infrastructural facilities and food production projects inYobe state.

Over 50 per cent of the projects are World Bank -assisted Fadama III Additional Financing II programmes across the state.

According to State Coordinator, Alhaji Musa Garba, the remaining projects are for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of communities destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in the last four years.

Garba spoke on Monday at Nangere council headquarters in Yobe state, while commissioning the completed market stalls in Sabon Gari community.

He said the intervention, under the World Bank’s Northeast food assistance and emergency support programme, would support insurgency affected communities to reclaim their means of livelihood.

He said out of 133 rural infrastructural projects, 77 are completed to reactivate various socioeconomic activities and livelihoods.

“The remaining 56 projects had reached various stages of completion to improve the lives of returning Internally Displaced Persons to their communities,” said Garba.

He listed the projects to include feeder roads, market stores, drainage facilities, culverts. He said the embankments in flood-prone
communities were demand-driven and based on the needs of the people.

He said N52 million was expended on infrastructure, food support and livelihood support programmes in Nangere council.

He added that N57 million was spent on support programmes in Potiskum and N86 million in Fika council.

Chairman of Nangere council, Baba Langawa also assured the Coordinator that the council would ensure the maintenance of infrastructural facilities.

According to him, the facilities would have direct bearing on the lives of the people.

“These completed World Bank projects and programmes will certainly raise the living conditions of people,” he said.

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