The International Monetary Fund, IMF says it is concerned with the rising numbers of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in Nigeria and other Sub-Saharan African countries.

The IMF said this in Washington DC in its latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa report presented by Director of the IMF’s African Department, Abebe Selassie.

According to the IMF, the current number of internally displaced persons in the region is five times higher than it was 20 years ago.

Figures from the report showed that the number of IDPs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is four point four million people, South Sudan 1.9 million and Nigeria one point seven million.

Selassie said that economic growth in the Sub-Saharan region was expected to increase from three per cent in 2018 to three point five per cent in 2019.

According to the report, growth in Nigeria was one point nine per cent in 2018 and is expected to reach two point one per cent in 2019, driven by recovering oil production and a pickup in the non-oil economy in the aftermath of the election.