World Bank: Nigeria is NOT a fragile state – Independent Observers

World Bank: Nigeria is NOT a fragile state

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By Kunle Adedoyin

The World Bank’s team on addressing Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV) says Nigeria is not a fragile state even with the current security challenges.

Amara Konneh, FCV adviser made this known on Monday during a meeting by the group to address fragility, conflict and violence affecting some countries.

He said the World Bank is focused on addressing FCV and as an institution has a way of classifying a country fragile, after critical assessment.

“Nigeria is not a fragile country but there is a need to address some issues to prevent it from being a fragile state,” he said.

Konneh said the objective of FCV was to address the drivers of FCV in affected countries and their impact on vulnerable populations with the end goal of contributing to peace and prosperity.

He said this could be achieved by helping countries escape fragility trap, protect essential institutions and deliver critical services such as health and education.

He, however, said that the group would not only address the root cause of FCV but also partner private sectors to create job stability to increase growth.

Alkasim Abdulkadir, a Spokesman of the Presidential Committee on Victims Support Fund, said the Nigeria government should do more in terms of conflict prevention and resolution.

He said most of the violence in the country was driven by poverty and high level of unemployment.

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