By Samuel Ogundipe
In furtherance of Federal Government’s determination to rebuild and rehabilitate the North-East, it is now set to launch a Recovery and Peace Building Assessment, RPBA, of the states in the region in conjunction with the World Bank, the European Union and the United Nations.
This Federal Government led initiative will be conducted within the framework of the Joint EU-UN-WB Declaration on international crisis recovery cooperation with the North-East States of Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Gombe, Taraba and Bauchi.
The RPBA will essentially build upon existing initiatives and body of work on the North East produced at the Federal and State levels, including the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE) and the North East States Transformation Strategy (NESTS).
These assessment efforts will provide a credible framework for coordinated and coherent support from humanitarian and development partners to complement series of Federal Government efforts towards restoring normalcy to these affected states.
It is will also form the basis for planning a broad-based public sector recovery program for the NE, as well as leverage, synchronize and inform the financing initiatives and projects of Nigeria’s development partners, civil society organizations, private sector groups and organizations.
This assessment is expected to strengthen local capacity, enable direct participation and come up with results that would be useful in developing a plan to meet the needs of the states. Such a plan will also appropriately and adequately cater for the IDPs, the rebuilding and reconstruction programmes of their respective states.
President Muhammadu Buhari had during his visit to the United States in July, 2015 met with the World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim and representatives of other donor agencies where he secured the commitment of the bank in supporting Federal Government’s efforts in the North-East.
This high-level collaboration between the Government of Nigeria and donor partners- the World Bank, European Union and the United Nations culminated in the setting up of the Recovery and Peace Building Assessment (RPBA).