USAID Launches Empowerment Scheme In North-East

Adamawa State Governor, Jibrillah Bindow
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From Tom Garba, Yola
The United State Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a four-year initiative in health, education and agriculture to empower vulnerable youths in the North East.
Country representative of USAID, Lisa Freeman, said the body came to Adamawa in 2014, with the objective of addressing the root causes of insurgency in the area.
She disclosed that youths in seven local government areas of the state were being engaged in peace initiative, adding that the USAID was willing to partner with relevant organs to inculcate positive values in the youths.
The country representative pointed out that USAID has renovated a school in Gombi as a pilot project, which would be replicated in other local government areas affected by insurgency, adding that other areas of need were been looked into.
In his remarks, Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow thanked USAID for its intervention in the area, especially in the donation of N10 billion to be shared among three states in the North-East.
He noted that the state was not buoyant enough to go into partnership with the USAID but appealed for support.
Also, Secretary to the State Government, Umar Bindir, said the state government has made available N500 million and additional N60 billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria to address critical areas such as micro entrepreneurship, among others.
He disclosed that the state government was working on returning all internally displaced people to their home this month.

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