Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has requested the World Bank to help the state in tackling the problem of the Internally Displaced Persons in the state and other states in the North East.
Gov Ishaku made the call during a meeting in Abuja with top officials of the Bank on a fact finding visit to Nigeria.
The team is in Nigeria to assess areas the World Bank can assist front line states in Boko Haram insurgency. Ishaku told the team that Taraba state has been the target of herdsmen killings which have also complicated and worsened the Taraba’s case of the problems of the IDPs. He said the series of crises in Taraba State have rendered health and other social facilities inadequate because of the increase in the population of those in need of care and attention.
Governor Ishaku called for help from the Bank in the promotion of agriculture. He said the population people has been on the increase and said his administration was doing a lot to ensure increased food production but called for help that could complement the efforts of government in boodting food production.
Ishaku also called for assistance in the area of checking desertification which has make grass for the herdsman’s flock inadequate and a source of conflict.
He thanked the Bank’s team for coming on this mission and for giving him and other governors from Borno, Adamawa, Bauchi and the Deputy Governors of Gombe and Yobe the opportunity to table the needs of the North East region of Nigeria before them.
Responding, members of the Bank’s delegation who spoke one after the other expressed sympathy with the problems of poverty, hunger and diseases as enumerated by the governors. They promised to present the report of their findings to the board of the bank.