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Switzerland Commits 25% of Support To North-East Nigeria For Yobe State

… Gov Buni Launches State Policy on IDPs

By Inusa Ndahi, Damaturu

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AS Yobe State Government under the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni works to address the challenges of protracted displacement of people affected by the Boko Haram crisis from both humanitarian and developmental perspectives, Switzerland has pledged to commit 25% of its total budget for the North-East sub-region to support Yobe’s implementation of the new Policy Document for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Switzerland is part of the wider donour and humanitarian countries and organizations that support the North-East BAY states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe to recover and rebuild from many years of Boko Haram attacks.

The Swiss ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Nicholas Lang revealed his country’s readiness to support Yobe State during a cocktail meeting with Governor Buni and other senior elected and appointed officials from the State at the Swiss Ambassador’s residence in Abuja yesterday.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Hon. Abdullahi Bego in a statement on Thursday.

According to Bego, Mr. Lang explained that based on Yobe’s potential and dedication’ in providing durable solutions to internal displacement and lift itself out of humanitarian assistance, and as well in consideration of the State Government’s openness to working with external partners, Switzerland has made a decision to “commit 25% of our budget for North-East Nigeria in the next four (4) years to support the implementation of Yobe State’s Action Plan (YOSAP) on durable solutions .

“Our focus is on reviving local economies by investing in key priority areas to support human capital development, especially in the core sectors of health, education, agricultural, and entrepreneurial activities, enabling families to rebuild their livelihoods and achieve self-sufficiency”.

“Yobe State Government also intends to support our recovering communities and promote social cohesion, reconciliation, and community engagement to heal the wounds of conflict and foster unity” . Buni was quoted in the statement

In his address, the Swiss ambassador commended the Buni administration for the meticulous work that went into producing the Policy Document for the internally displaced, revealing that the Special Adviser of the UN Secretary General on Solutions to Internal Displacement, Mr Robert Piper has also hailed Yobe’s policy document for IDPs as a “global model” that others can copy and learn from.

Mr Lang said the donour and humanitarian community is particularly impressed with the way that the Yobe State Government took “ownership” of the entire process that led to the development of the policy document and its “meaningful engagement with all strata of society” as the Action Plan was being developed.

Highlights of the discussion was that Governor Buni along with federal and state officials and members of the diplomatic corps, launched the YOSAP for durable solutions for IDPs at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre in Abuja.

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