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FG Outlines 3 Focal Areas to Support Project Lake Chad (PROLAC)

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has said that it will focus on three areas in a bid to support Project Lake Chad, PROLAC.

This was disclosed by the Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq at a virtual Ministerial World Bank Group RoundTable on the Lake Chad Region on Monday 12th April, 2021.

According to the Minister, the first focal area which is regional and national coordination platform and local building was at reinforcing regional dialogue, data collection and data dissemination.

The second focal area; institutional capacity building and knowledge and agriculture investments and value-chain development aimed at promoting public productive investments, value chain development, citizen engagement and community participation activities in project areas.

Sadiya also stated that the third focal area which is restoring mobility and connectivity was aimed improving access of communities and markets and providing beneficiaries with an opportunity for a short term employment.

Sadiya continued that the ministry would support the World Bank through agencies under its supervision by providing a coordination structure for the management of vulnerabilites.

“The Lake Chad Region faces a combination of multidimensional risk factorswhich deepen vulnerabilities. From 2014, Boko Haram’s violent activities took on a transnational approach, spreading its terrorist attacks from Nigeria to Cameroon, Chad, and Niger”. “This has created a humanitarian crisis, increasing the number of internally displaced persons and refugees within the Lake Chad Region”.
“While the drivers of fragility and obstacles to growth existed before the insurgency, the ongoing conflict has compounded the region’s difficulties”. “The Boko Haram regional conflict has triggered an acute humanitarian situation with devastating social and economic impact on the population”.

“Direct efforts of the Ministry through the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee (amongst other structures and critical interventions) is the provision of an enabling environment to support peace enforcement, peace keeping and peace building across the Nation, especially within the Lake Chad Region through PROLAC”. she said.

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