Nigerian govt, states spend $6.4 billion on intervention in North-east in two years – Official

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The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said on Thursday that the federal government and the six North-east states spent $6.4 billion on interventions in North-east between 2016 and 2017.

The minister made this known at the launching of the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan, HRP, for North-east Nigeria in Abuja.

The minister explained that the HRP being launched was also in line with President Muhammadu Buhari Plan and the United Nations Development Partnership Framework.

According to her, in 2016, $3.3 billion was spent on intervention, while in 2017 another $3.1 billion was expended.

She said that a similar amount is being budgeted in the 2018 budget, which was still work in progress.

Ms. Ahmed said that Nigerian government as part of her commitment, specifically, announced the sum of $1 billion for security in 2018.

She said that the Nigerian government would ensure that the 2018 HRP is supported and aligned with the humanitarian and development strategies as captured in the Nigerian Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

Ms. Ahmed appreciated all international donors and humanitarian partners for their interventions in addressing the North East crises.

She also appealed for more resources to meet the immediate needs of the nearly 7.7 million people in dire need of humanitarian assistance in the area.

Ms. Ahmed pointed out that the focus of the federal government in 2018 is on quality response in the region towards reconstruction.

The minister promised that the federal government would continue to provide substantial resources to combat insecurity across the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that $1.5 billion is required by international agencies to meet the needs of 6.1 million people in the worst hit states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY).

Also, Edward Kallon, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria said that the launch of the 2018 HRP demonstrates the commitment of the International Community to the people of Nigeria.

He said that it was also a clear and positive indication of the strong and continued partnership between the International humanitarian commit and the Government of Nigeria.

According to Mr. Kallon, the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s North-east has spilled into the Lake Chad region, which is in its ninth year and was one of the most severe in the world today.

He said that the crises which was first and foremost a protection crises has evolved into a food security and nutrition crisis with 7.7 million people in dire need of humanitarian assistance in the worst hit states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY).

Mr. Kallon said that 6.1 million people are being targeted for humanitarian assistance in the 2018 HRP by 60 organisations including UN agencies, International and National Non-governmental Organisations.

He said that the assistance ranges from food, protection, water, shelter, sanitation, medicine, agricultural support, which would be delivered to vulnerable women, children and men across the three states.

(NAN)


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  • Castro

    Buhari no dey take eye see Billions. Magic fingers as usual.

  • AryLoyds

    I bet all these northern Govs are hiding their share for the raining day !

  • Olusegun Adekoya

    The looting going on under Buhari’s is unprecedented. $6 billion spent with nothing to show for it

  • In a saner clime, if $6 billions were spent on intervention programs in the entire Nigeria, the entire nation would be transformed into an Eldorado. Present Nigeria is a failure.

  • Frank Bassey

    Money is flowing into the North-East for the region’s corrupt, wasteful and thieving leaders who pretend they are saints while pointing accusing fingers at others. The people have no mercy when it comes to squandering of public funds. They have a large army of Almajaris (deliberately impoverished by them), multiple wives and countless concubines and array of children many of who are real or potential street urchins.

  • Tickle

    $6.4 Billion na small money o. To kill Spirits is costly talk less of Violent Spirits. Those BH are spirits, if not why a dead Shekau could resurrect so many times, even did so many video skits?

  • Pawa2

    AT $3,2B, will that be about 12% of Nigeria’s annual budget? And that does not include monies donated by private individuals, organisations and external donors. The NE creates the problems but the whole of the country pays for solving it. Imagine what good means those monies would have been used for if we did not have Boko Haram. Now, herdsmen issues are being added.

  • Jon

    Northern Nigeria is a drain on Nigerian Economy and on top of that, a radical Islamic Jihadist, it has as President, is building a railway line from Kaduna to cattle colony of Daura and from there to Niger Republic.What is the economic value of Daura to Nigeria? If Nigeria were to be practicing true Federalism, where will State of Katsina get the money to fund a modern rail line from cattle colony of Daura – Buhari home town, to Niger Republic?

    This guy is grabbing all he can from Southern Nigeria’s economy while only serving the interest of his Hausa/Fulani parasites and terrorists.

    Southern Nigeria, please, put up more pressure to RESTRUCTURE Nigeria now. These parasites are not backing down without a fight. A line in the sand should be drawn to these parasites.

  • Fadama

    The problems in the North are fast leaving Nigeria with nothing to milk. I am not saying that the North is the only region with problems, but theirs can’t be compared with any other. We need a lasting solution to these predicaments that has befallen us.

  • Benny

    The tragedy is the blind and clueless southerners being led by the nose without knowing they are mere pawns. They will soon come here to regurgitate their masters propaganda that Jonathan’s regime is the corruption problem Nigeria ever knew. Our own people na true mumu, slaves without war.