Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the latest edition of the Global Terrorism Index shows that Nigeria has recorded about 83 per cent drop in the number of deaths caused by Boko Haram insurgency from the peak in 2014.
Osinbajo spoke on Thursday, 6 December 2018, in Abuja while inaugurating African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Inclusive Basic Service Delivery and Livelihood Empowerment Integrated Project (IBSIP).
He threw more light on the `Buhari Plan’, a comprehensive blueprint for the recovery and reconstruction of the North-East.
President Muhammadu Buhari had, in 2016, unveiled the `Buhari Plan.
The Plan, established the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative (PCNI), aims to coordinate all efforts by state and non-state actors, domestic and international to comprehensively address the economic, social and humanitarian crises in the region of the country.
According to Osinbajo, at the core of their efforts is the conviction that humanitarian interventions are not enough by themselves to bring about a radical transformation of the circumstances of the North-East region.
He said the government believed in an approach that combines both humanitarian and developmental interventions and devising solutions for peace as well.
The nation was working to reinvigorate social services such as the provision of health care and education, the restoration of civil authority in liberated areas, and the promotion of livelihoods and human security.
“This is where the Inclusive Basic Service Delivery and Livelihood Empowerment Integrated Project (IBSIP) come in,” he said.
Osinbajo added that the Buhari Plan identifies key areas of critical impact which guide the design of intervention programmes in the North-East.
He expressed delight that the AfDB in its design and implementation of the IBSIP, keyed into the Buhari Plan, and was funding projects that would benefit an estimated 14 million affected people, including more than 2.3 million Internally Displaced Persons.
“The AfDB is investing roughly 258 million dollars in the effort to activate critical impact areas of recovery in the North East identified in the Buhari Plan.”
“We would like to express the profound appreciation of the Federal Government to the Bank for being a partner in progress with us.”
“When the story of the region’s recovery is told, the work of the AfDB will occupy a well-merited and prominent chapte,” he said.
In his remarks, the Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, expressed appreciation to Buhari’s led-administration for putting together the Buhari Plan which was part of what was being inaugurated today.
Abubakar, while commending the AfDB, said there was no doubt that the programme would go a long way at resolving most challenges in the region.
He further pledged his commitment to ensure the successful implementation of the programme.
The representatives of governors of Adamawa, Taraba and Borno also commended the AfDB for their support and pledged their commitment to support the project.