January 30, 2018 8:42 p.m.
The Integrated Center for Social Development (Social Action) on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to ensure effective control of the £ 143 million grant provided by the European Union (EU) for the rehabilitation of communities ruined by insurgents throughout the country. state of Borno.
Botti Issac, Social Action Program Officer who gave the charge through a statement available for BusinessDay in Abuja, expressed his displeasure at the misapplication of various supports sent to the region.
Isaac, who expressed his delight at the EU gesture, noted that the European Union has shown great interest in the northeastern state of Nigeria and has actively worked overtime to support the rehabilitation of the region devastated by the crisis .
"With the recent grant of 143 million euros (N60.1 billion) for the rehabilitation of communities throughout the state of Borno, the agency once again has shown great concern for the development of the region.
"This support, which he says will be implemented by a consortium of four agencies and entities, aims to provide critical services that include medical care, water and sanitation, sustainable energy, employment opportunities and overall improvement of people's livelihoods. In spite of the opportuneness of this step, it is necessary to make strong efforts and effective mechanisms to avoid that resources do not affect people.
"Devastated by the twin problems of climate change and insurgency-terrorism, the state of Borno and other states in northeastern Nigeria, including Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba have witnessed large-scale destruction of infrastructures and services with the same monumental loss of lives and livelihoods.
"As it were, it is estimated that some 200,000 people have died while more than 2 million have been displaced." With events and situations that quickly escape the control and capacity of local and state governments, the humanitarian situation soon became in a nightmare with massive deaths recorded among children and young children and minors among displaced socio-economic structures and critics in ruin.
"While the Nigerian government and the international community have recently increased attention in the region, with a considerable amount of resources allocated for humanitarian purposes, as well as for human and structural development, there has been concern about the efficient use of These funds and resources.
"Overtime, intervention efforts in the Northeast, particularly in Adamawa and Borno, have yielded very few results as there have been no significant improvements in people's lives." While the insurgency has also continued to prosper with its harmful effect on the social existence of the people, the region has been an enclave of extreme poverty, with all the shady tables in all the indices of human development.
"Until now, the fundamental cause of the gap between the intervention funds and the impact achieved has remained largely corruption and poor supervision mechanism of the intervention, the governments of these states have not been interested in ensuring the effective provision of services to the people affected.
"While the task of rebuilding the Northeast region, rehabilitating its people and victims and bringing lives back to normal is undoubtedly discouraging, the EU's step in committing resources for this task has good prospects for positive development and impact. If it is properly neglected, it is also important to take into account when planning such interventions that should be explored and take into account the critical actions that will address the root cause of the crisis in the Northeast region.Therefore, in this aspect, special attention should be paid attention to ecological factors A special intervention fund should be created to address the ecological crisis prevailing in the region There is a great need to finance the recharge of Lake Chad in order to restore the means of subsistence and the socio-economic existence of the people linked to the lake in order to also reduce vulnerability and insecurity in the region.
"While the allocation of an astonishing $ 800 million of such donation to the World Bank for an amorphous purpose called 'Consultancy' is very useless, Acción Social strongly urges the institution of a Mechanism of Tripartite Intervention Monitoring involving government agencies, civil society organizations / development partners, and community members This will ensure effective monitoring of humanitarian interventions and will greatly contribute to ensuring the achievement of established objectives and maximum impact on people and the area, "said Issac.
KEHINDE AKINTOLA, Abuja