By Austin Ajayi, Yola
Following the needs assessment carried by World Bank and Federal Government on the areas destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgent in the North East region, Muti-Sectorial Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP), established by the Federal Government in Adamawa state, is set to access the second trench of money set for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The Project Coordinator, Mr. Maurice Vonobolki, disclosed that Adamawa state was allocated $45m to carry out the rehabilitation, reconstruction projects and also give agricultural inputs to farmers to aid their resettlement after the attack by Boko Haram insurgents in all the seven local government areas affected by the insurgency.
He said that the state had accessed the first trench of about $30m which was utilize to providing relief materials to more than 600,000 IDPs who had gone back to their communities and construction of some ongoing projects in all the affected LGAs in the state.
According to him, MCRP has also distributed agricultural kits and non-food items to 1,153 beneficiaries, mostly women and children in the affected areas.
He, however, noted that the construction of public buildings, healthcare center and healthcare delivery, water/sanitation and construction of state and local government roads were the priority of MCRP and it is ongoing now and at various stages of completion.
He disclosed that MCRP’s mandate in Adamawa did not include rehabilitation of churches, mosque and private properties destroyed.
The mandate of his agency, he said, covers only public properties such as public schools hospitals and other public structures.
Represented by the Technical Coordination Specialist, Mr. Julius Mbidomiti, the Project Coordinator said that Adamawa State is the only state in the North East that executed over 90% of the projects embarked upon.
“We have already sent our Statement Of Expenditure (SOE) of the 51% of the approved money released which now qualifies the state to access the second trench.
“The water supply program was part of the Federal government milestone in the implementation of the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) under component two of the project.
“MCRP also built a Truman Center In Mubi, a hospital in Michika and six primary healthcare center in the area as part of the mandate given and they are in various stages of completion,” he said.
Mr. Julius added that the activities were carried out after critical consultation with representatives of various LGAs such as religious leaders, women and youth leaders, vigilante groups, ward and traditional heads who are members of Grievance Redress Committee. (GRC) in all the 78 wards in the 7 LGAs affected.