14 May 2016
The northeast being the recipient of frequent insurgent attacks, has received monetary support from the Federal government towards its rebuilding.
Communities in Nigeria’s northeast, especially in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe State are in great need of reconstruction. A terrorist group, Boko Haram, had in over six years pushed for an Islamic State and an end to Western education in northeast Nigeria, distabilised communities, displaced over two million persons and killed thousands.
Most schools and places of worship in the region have been razed by the group that are fleeing the region, in the midst of heightened counter-terrorism operations by Nigerian troops and a Joint Multinational Task Force formed by Nigeria and its neighbours.
Shortly after the release of the contents of the 2016 budget, it was revealed that the government allocated the sum of 12 billion naira to the rehabilitation of the region.
The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, gave the figure on Friday at an event to launch the 2016 National Human Development Report on Nigeria. At the event were government officials, diplomats, civil society groups and activists.
Recall that the budget contains indications of a special focus on improving the wellbeing of the citizens of Nigeria in all levels. The present administration has put into consideration strategies to mitigate the negative effects that poses a threat to the security of lives and property. He stated that the government had plans to ensure a better standard of living for the citizens which in turn would enhance development and security in the country.
With the highest level of insecurity resting on the northern parts of Nigeria, country representative of the United Nations Developments Fund, Ms Fatma Samoura, outlined recommendations of a more holistic approach to hinder insecurity challenges.
The general agreement at the event was that the issue of security must be restructured to go beyond the physical security to meeting the developmental needs of the nation’s citizens.