The North East Nigeria Recovery and Peace Building Assessment (RPBA) team says the impact of the conflict in the region has cost the three states there a total of 9.0 billion US dollars in damage to property and infrastructure.

The team also said Thursday that it would need 6.0 billion USD to carry out recovery efforts in the crisis-torn area. The data, released at the two-day final validation and consensus workshop in Abuja, noted that the devastation happened between 2011 and 2015.

Presenting the report, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Dr Mariam Masha, said Borno state was worst hit by the crisis with a loss of 6.0 billion USD in damage incurred.

According to her, the region suffered damage worth 3.0 billion USD in housing alone while it suffered damage in terms of livestock which brought about the need to restore agriculture in the region.

The RPBA said Yobe and Adamawa states were next in devastation, adding that the devastation in other parts of the region was enormous but with less gravity.

Masha said no fewer than 20,000 lives had been lost while 1.8 million people had been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.

The planned “interventions are going to be done over time, based on resources”.

“And what this process brings home is that it also helps to create a platform to harmonise resources, to co-ordinate better, support and plan at the federal level, at the state level and support also from international donors and partners,” said the presidential aide.

She said that RPBA would try to generate the needed funds for the rehabilitation of the North East through partnership with donor groups. “We have support from our partners, we have support from the donors and we also have the support from the government,” she added.

“It is not something that can be fixed in one day. It is not money that can be raised in one day but it is process that is ongoing. It is good that we see it as that and that is why it is important to prioritise what needs to be done immediately, what need to be done in a short to medium term.”

Source: NNN-NAN