Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State has called upon international organizations to address the bureaucratic hurdles within their institutions that hinder the swift delivery of assistance to communities grappling with humanitarian crises.
The governor made this appeal on Monday during a meeting with representatives from the World Bank and the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project.
According to a statement released by Buni’s media aide, Mamman Mohammed, the two key partners discussed strategies to enhance collaboration and expand services aimed at improving the lives of those affected by the insurgency in the region.
Governor Buni emphasized that the delays caused by bureaucracy hinder the timely delivery of support to affected communities, underscoring the need to streamline processes for more efficient results.
He also highlighted the willingness of the state’s youth to engage in commercial agriculture, not only to meet local food demands but also to boost the state’s economy through agricultural exports.
“We are focusing on the cultivation of food crops and sesame seeds, and the government is committed to providing the necessary resources to make agriculture in Yobe State appealing, productive, and profitable,” Governor Buni emphasized.
The delegation, headed by Taimur Samad, Operations Manager and Acting Country Director of the World Bank, expressed the organization’s readiness to assist the Yobe State Government in implementing its reconstruction, rehabilitation, and recovery initiatives aimed at improving the lives of the people.
Similarly, the team from the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP), led by Fuad Malkawi, assured the governor of their ongoing support in the resettlement of displaced individuals and their future plans for urban development in the state.