The Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative in collaboration with the World Bank organized a two-day workshop on North East recovery at the American University of Nigeria Hotel in Yola, Adamawa state on the 28th and 29th March, 2017 .
The workshop which had all the representatives of the North East states, the World Bank country director, donor partners, representatives of the private sector, commercial and development banks, in attendance was aimed at crafting strategies for turning plans into action and advancing the roadmap for resilient recovery in the North East.
Speaking at the workshop, the PCNI Chairman Lt. Gen. T.Y Danjuma Rtd. represented by Mr. Aliyu Kamara said the PCNI has redoubled its efforts to confront the threat of famine. He added that within a short period, the challenge of food security in the region would be surmounted and noted that the outcome of the workshop would inform the programmatic priorities of the humanitarian response to the region.
While declaring the workshop open, the Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Engineer Martins Babale commended the PCNI and the World Bank for their efforts to rehabilitate the region. He tasked the participants to devise a strategy to combat the food crisis in the region. The World Bank Country Director, Rachid Ben messaoud disclosed that the sum of $775 million has been earmarked for the region to address health, education, social protection, livelihood support, youth and unemployment in the North East. He called for less talk and more urgent action to achieve the desired result in the North East.
The PCNI used the occasion to educate the participants on the role and benefits of its dashboard which is designed to track all interventions in the region for transparency and accountability and invited participants to its official launch on the 4th and 5th of April at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.