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Insecurity: Buhari Lauds UNDP for Assisting Nigeria to Stabilise N' east – THISDAY Newspapers

By Deji Elumoye
President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the assistance it has rendered to Nigeria in various ways, particularly in stabilizing the North-east.
The president spoke Thursday at the State House, Abuja, while playing host to the Head of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, Ms Ahunna Eziakonwa.
According to him, the federal government was doing its best to rehabilitate Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and return them to their ancestral homes, but with meagre resources, assistance from bodies like the UNDP comes handy.
The president said as a developing nation, Nigeria “can’t do hop, step and jump, but must pass through the process of development”, adding that the help of international organizations are well appreciated.
He thanked Nigerian-born Ms Eziakonwa for her official visit, “and for coming home as well,” noting that herself, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of the World Trade Organization and Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, were some of the women doing Nigeria proud internationally.
Speaking earlier, the Head of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa said she was delighted during her visit to the North-east, “to see incredible progress being made in helping people restore their livelihoods, teachers and students back in schools, police stations being rebuilt, and health centres being reconstructed”.
Saying it is the desire of UNDP to see IDP camps emptied, she thanked Nigeria for the opportunity given the organization to play a role, “as well as space given us to address COVID-19 through the Basket Fund”.
On youth development, Eziakonwa said Africa was now being seen “from problem lens to opportunity lens,” and efforts were being made to tap into youth dynamism, provision of social protection, digital technology, the Africa Continental Free Trade Area, and focus on climate change.

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