The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has launched the Multi-Sectoral Crises Recovery Project MCRP in Abuja.
MCRP, under the North East Development Commission, seeks additional funding for the continued support to Borno, Adamawa and Yobe known as the BAY states, by providing humanitarian and long-term economic recovery aims at supporting the Federal Government and the States towards rehabilitation and improving critical service delivery infrastructure and livelihood opportunities.
Launching the project, Faruq expressed delight in the achievements recorded by the MCRP, commended the teams for the hard work demonstrated since the inception of the project.
“We would continue to encourage you to do more, mindful that though we have made significant gains in the process of the recovery and development of the region, there remains a lot to be done. This is reflected in the new targets for beneficiary numbers in the additional financing phase of the project as well as the decision taken by the government of Nigeria and the world bank in extending the funding and duration of the project.
“The additional financing of the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project presents another opportunity for us to further solidify the progress that we have made and do more to ensure that citizens in need across the three participating states can recover their livelihoods, have access to quality health care, education, water, sanitation, hygiene and improved engagement with elected officials. The project aims to facilitate Improved performance not only by building back better infrastructure but ensuring that the quality of services provided is raised”. She said.
The Minister said with the increase in the scope of the additional financing phase, as earlier presented, the emphasis on improving the agricultural value chain plays a prominent part of the strategy to move the region further along the path of sustainable development.
She added that Nigeria’s inclusion in the Regional Project for the Lake Chad Basin Countries reflects the importance of information sharing, and other topical issues, stressing that the countries will work hand in hand to find long-lasting solutions to the challenges.
Other speakers at the event include the Managing Director North East Development Commission Mohammed G. Alkali, Representatives of the World Bank, European Union, USAID, as well as Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO.