Nigeria is facing the massive problem of rebuilding war-damaged areas in the east of the country with confidence.
Nigeria is facing the massive problem of rebuilding war-damaged areas in the east of the country with confidence. Grants from the World Bank and increased taxation for Government workers in the former breakaway state of Biafra are expected to bring in the revenue needed to repair bridges, roadways and factories damaged or destroyed during the civil war.
The Nigerian Government says that it will take 16.5 million Nigerian ponds (about 17.3 million sterling) to repair the damage caused in the war.
The World Bank is to lend Nigeria about 10.5 million sterling for general improvements throughout the country. Just how much is to be spent in the Eastern Region wasn't disclosed. To help reconstruction in the east, the Government has announced a 25 per cent tax on all Government workers in former Biafra earning more than 150 pounds (176 sterling) a year.
The war saw the destruction of many major bridges over the Niger River, cutting of road links by explosives and railroads brought to a standstill. Many trains were destroyed and those still able to operate have no tracks to run on.
The rebuilding of private homes has been left to the individual. Able bodied men who work on Government reconstruction work for most of the week use their available free time to repair and rebuild their homes.
One of the major projects will be to get the important Oji River power station back in operation. It supplied power to most parts of the eastern sate until the war stopped coal supplies and it was forced to cease operation.