Following years of Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast, the World Bank is setting aside $800 million in support of the rebuilding of infrastructure devastated by the Islamist militants through its perpetual bombing and burning of houses.
The global body was increasing its presence in Borno and other Northeastern states devastated by insurgency, according to Fatma Samoura, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative in Nigeria, during a courtesy visit to Governor Kashim Shettima in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Samoura, however, expressed regret that the UN was having challenges in mobilising resources for Nigeria in view of the humanitarian crises in other parts of the world.
She said: “We had a long discussion with the World Bank team that came from Washington D.C. to attend the workshop.
“As we all know, the Syrian crisis that is affecting Europe is also taking a heavy toll, in terms of funding, from our traditional donors. We are trying our best to ensure that our advocacy and our communications strategy are up to the levels where we will be receiving more attention from the donor community.
Samoura, however, pledged that the UN would continue to complement the World Bank and the EU’s support to address the root causes of poverty and exclusion in the Northeast.