Northeast development masterplan will be ready soon- NEDC

The North East Development Commission (NEDC) on Sunday said the development masterplan for the troubled sub-region  would be available soon.
The promise was made by the Managing Director of the Commission, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali when the six governors of the region paid a courtesy call on the Commission in Maiduguri.
He said as a mandate of the Commission, it had plans that would transit between humanitarian development and development of peace and stability in the region.
Goni said it was a very composite thing that NEDC was going to do that which would cover all aspects of lives that included livelihoods development.
He said the governors’ visit to the headquarters in Maiduguri was to see things for themselves and ensure that the Commission was working.
Alkali described the governors’ visit  after a meeting of the Nigeria Northeast Governors Forum as special.
“This week, we have finally decided that all the Management Staff should move to Maiduguri being the headquarters of the Commission.
“We are going to seek for more support so that we can do our work effectively and efficiently.
“Each of the governors has given us temporary office to operate in their respective states.
“With collaboration and teamwork, the Northeast region shall rise again to its glorious past,” he said.
On the N6 billion Education Endowment Fund set up by the NEDC for the Northeast, Alkali said the Fund was to resuscitate the region’s devastated education sector and rebuild the human capital.
Responding on behalf of the governors, the newly-elected Chairman of the Forum and the governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, noted that one of the reasons for the establishment of the NEDC was to enhance the economic recovery and stabilisation of the region.
He said: “That means, economic recovery does not only involve provision of infrastructures, it include enhancement of livelihood of the people residing in the Northeast sub-region.
“And therefore,  government and people of the Northeast are willing to get the maximum of the Commission not only in terms of infrastructures, but also in terms of livelihood development.”
He recalled that during the Forum’s meeting held on Saturday at the Government House Maiduguri, the governors said that they would provide the necessary support to the NEDC, but urged them to carry states along in their programmes.
Present during  the visit of the governors to the NEDC headquarters in  Maiduguri were the governors of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri; Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed; Gombe State, Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya; and the deputy governors of Yobe and Taraba States.
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