The World Bank has unfolded a package, which would see it spending up to $2.1 billion in rebuilding the war-ravaged North- East as a result of the activities of Boko Haram insurgents.
Meanwhile, the new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Major General Abayomi Olonisakin, has said that the Nigerian Armed Forces would soon set definite timelines for milestones to be achieved in the fight against Boko Haram.
The World Bank package was announced at a meeting in Washington yesterday between President Buhari and representatives of the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Health Organization, (WHO).
A statement from the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina quoted him as saying that apart from rebuilding the region in terms of infrastructure, priority must also be given to the resettlement of internally displaced persons who now number over one million.
The president urged the World Bank to send a team, which would work in concert with the Federal Government,so that a proper assessment of needs could be done.
On its part, the WHO is also to invest $300 million on immunization against malaria in Nigeria, while the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will collaborate with Dangote Foundation to ensure that the country maintains its zero polio case record of the past one year,.
The CDS who made the declaration yesterday in Abuja while taking over from Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh. said a lot had been done in the ongoing operation against insurgency in the northeast.