Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, today received a team from the United Nations Development Programme led by the Deputy Country Representative, Mr Lealem Berhanu Dinku.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mamman Mohammed, Director General Press and Media Affairs to the Yobe Governor.
Governor Buni and the team discussed areas of partnership and intervention to improve the lives of the people of Yobe state.
He commended UNDP for its intervention in some key sectors which contributed greatly to the resettlement of communities displaced by insurgency.
He said the first phase of intervention in Buni Yadi had improved the lives of the returnee community but regretted the inability of the programme to execute its projects in Yunusari due to security challenge in the area.
The governor called on the organization to consider Education, Agriculture, Women and youth empowerment, infrastructural development like access roads, Commerce and trade especially construction of grain and livestock markets for economic advancement.
Gov. Buni advised the programme to consider Yunusari town in replacement of Kanama which lost out in the first phase.
Buni urged UNDP to always patronise and accomodate local contractors to expand beneficiaries of its programmes for a beneficial trickle down effect.
Mr Dinku assured the governor of more partnership to serve the people better.
He said UNDP will continue to liaise with the state ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to prioritise and execute the projects earmarked to the state.
Dr Garba Iliya, state commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, emphasized that the support of UNDP in reconstruction of schools, education equipment, manpower training, infrastructural development and economic improvement remain key areas of intervention that should be considered in the second phase.