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Ivory Coast Will Spend $55 Million in North Amid Jihadist Threat

  • Prime Minister Achi announced program in Tougbo Saturday
  • Part of government’s three-year social spending program
Patrick Achi delivers a speech n Tougbo, on Jan. 22. 

Patrick Achi delivers a speech n Tougbo, on Jan. 22. 

Photographer: Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images

Ivory Coast will spend 32 billion CFA francs ($55 million) to create jobs in the north in a bid to offer an alternative to jihadist recruitment.

The funds are to be invested in projects aimed at impacting thousands of young people over the next three years, Prime Minister Patrick Achi told reporters in Tougbo, near the border with Burkino Faso, on Saturday.