By Daji Sani in Yola
The World Bank has donated the sum of $50 million Dollars to assist six states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi, Taraba and Gombe affected by Insurgency under the FADAMA programme.
The leader of the World Bank delegation, Dr. Adetunji Oredipe, who stated this to Journalists in Yola, Adamawa State, said the reason for carrying out such project is to deal with the negative impact of insurgency that have affected the people of the North-eastern states.
Oredipe further explained that the project is a combined effort of the federal government and international community to revive livelihood in the North-east due to losses incurred as a result of the activities of insurgents.
According to him, the world Bank has targeted 600 communities and 24000 households in the North-east region of Nigeria.
“Our idea is to work with 600 communities in the six states and we have agreed to do more in the directly affected states: Borno, Yobe , Adamawa and do a little in Taraba, Bauchi and Gombe who are the receivers of the displaced people,”Oredipe stated.
“For us as World Bank, you know we are not into humanitarian programme, but we support activities based on needs,” he added
He explained that the purpose of the project was not just to reach out to the six affected states but to bring all key stakeholders and team players on the same page on what the project intends to achieve and how to go about the implementation and approach exercise.
When asked why the project is being implemented under FADAMA 3, he replied that they saw FADAMA 3 as a good platform “that has established links in the rural areas to run the initiative that is why we use such platform to reach out to farmers affected by insurgency in rural communities.”
On how they tend to reach out to the exact beneficiaries, he said there would be an open and transparent process where people would meet at the village square in the presence of all the traditional rulers and key actors of the community, who would be there to identify 40 households that are basically agricultural households and the assistance would be disbursed.