NEDC Has Effectively Tackled Poverty, Illiteracy in North East—Group

December 9, 2022

By Adedapo Adesanya

The Network for Good Governance in Nigeria has applauded the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) for its extraordinary contributions to the development of the region.

According to a statement signed by its Executive Director, Mr Adam Abu, the NEDC has effectively tackled the menace of poverty, illiteracy, and ecological challenges in the North-Eastern states.

Mr Abu noted that the NEDC has gone beyond resettlement, rehabilitation, integration, and reconstruction of infrastructure for victims to develop the northeast into a safe, economically vibrant, ICT-driven 21st-century region.

Outlining the recent projects of the agency, Mr Abu said the construction of the 54km Ngalda-Mutai Road abandoned due to the activities of Boko Haram, was a welcome development.

He said the road is economically-strategic as it links many agriculturally viable communities of Fika and Gujba local government areas of Yobe State.

In education, Mr Abu said the establishment of a mega school in each senatorial district across the northeast would positively impact the children whose learning was hampered by insurgency.

He also noted that the provision of ICT centres, educational materials and other would further enhance understanding.

Mr Abu added that the NEDC had shown its commitment to healthcare with numerous interventions.

“The Borno State specialist hospital, the federal neuropsychiatric hospital, the 7 division military hospital Maimalari Cantonment and the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH ), and others are addressing the challenges in the health sector,” he said.

“The NEDC has forged partnerships with some international bodies, one of which was with the United Nations Office of Projects Services (UNOPS) to upscale activities at the two oxygen plants in Borno State.

“The agency recently took over from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) the responsibilities of routine food distribution to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in designated camps, host and liberated communities in Borno and Adamawa States.

“The interventions are endless – in housing, road networks, food and non-food items, security, emergencies, markets, and many others,” he stated.

He, therefore, applauded NEDC’s managing director, Mr Mohammed Alkali, for adhering to the mandate of the agency.

Describing Mr Alkali as a patriot with an unblemished record of integrity and accountability, Mr Abu said he had ensured strict and prudent utilization of the agency’s resources to meet the needs of the common people.

He also praised the MD for the synergy between the board and the management, which has made the operation of the NEDC seamless, unlike other agencies where rancour is the order of the day.

Mr Abu, however, called on the Federal Government and foreign bodies to continue to show support for the NEDC.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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