As Nigeria and other countries look to begin rebuilding after Boko Haram’s destructive attacks, government officials are allocating funds to a Humanitarian Response Plan. Millions of Nigerians have been displaced, communities and crops destroyed, transportation has been disrupted, and food is running low. Christian organizations have appealed to the government to help rebuild some of the 900 churches that have been destroyed during Boko Haram’s reign.
2/24/2017 Nigeria (Premium Times) – The federal government and the six North Eastern States have set aside about N792.7 billion in the proposed 2017 budget for the rebuilding of infrastructure destroyed by Boko Haram crisis in the region.
Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who disclosed this on Wednesday said the provision was for the reconstruction of health and nutrition, education and security infrastructure destroyed during the crisis.
Mrs. Ahmed said although budgetary resources worth $2.77 billion (about N846.2 billion) were earmarked in the 2016 budget for the same purpose, the needs to end the crisis still remained high.
“The total amount required to fund the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan is $1.054 billion. Currently, less than 10 per cent of the plan has been funded, thus highlighting the need for rigorous fund-raising in order to meet targets,” the minister.