EU launches 143m euro intervention fund in Borno

The European Union (EU) has inaugurated a 143 million euros intervention fund in Borno, as part of effort to address the humanitarian crisis in the Northeast. 
The Head of Co-operation, European Delegation to Nigeria, Kurt Cornelis, who disclosed this, on Wednesday, at the inauguration of the three-year intervention programme, in Maiduguri, said that the project was aimed at building the resilience of persons displaced by the conflicts in Borno communities.
According to Cornelis, more than one million people are expected to benefit from nine projects initiated under the intervention programme.
“This programme is specifically for Borno State and the purpose is to restore basic services that were damaged in the conflict with Boko Haram. That means rehabilitating classrooms, clinics, facilities for water and sanitation, renewable energy and also nutrition. 
“The second part is that we’ll try to start up agricultural production again and create job opportunities for affected communities, so that they can start to rebuild their lives, and they’ll not remain dependent on handout of food and other basic commodities.”
Cornelis explained that the projects were designed to be implemented within a sustainable and environment-friendly strategies, focused on the needs of youths, women and the vulnerable, as well as facilitate return of displaced families to their communities. “The European Union recognises the severity of the situation and the enormity of the challenge faced by the people in the North-east, especially Borno State,” he added.
The official said that the programme would be overseen by a steering committee comprising representatives of the Borno State Government, EU, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid, Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning, and the Presidential Committee for Northeast Initiative.
Also speaking, Governor Kashim Shetimma of Borno State praised EU for the intervention. Shettima said that the gesture would go a long way toward addressing the humanitarian crisis caused by Boko Haram insurgency. 
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Usman Durkwa, said that no fewer than 900,000 houses and public buildings, 5,000 schools and 230 clinics had been destroyed by the insurgents in the state. 
The governor said that the state government would support the programme and ensure its successful implementation.

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