….urges FG to adopt, implement plan for development of subregion
By Charly Agwam – Bauchi
A group under the auspices of North East Elders and Youth Peoples Forum has commended the Managing Director and Chief Executive of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) Mohammed Goni Alkali for producing a 10-year North East Stabilisation and Development Master Plan (NESDMP) aimed at facilitating a transformative growth of the subregion and lifting citizens in the region out of poverty.
Chairman of the group, Salihu Magaji who was flanked by his Secretary Lawal Abdullahi, urged the federal government, on Monday, to key into the plan of NEDC in order to fast track development of the subregion.
He noted, while speaking to reporters in Bauchi that the implementation of the North-East Development Plan would gulp the sum of $80 billion, which is equivalent to N31.05 trillion as announced by the commission.
Magaji hailed Alkali for the masterplan, saying that it shows the patriotism, doggeneess, commitment and accountability of the Managing Director of the Commission.
Lamenting the setbacks of the North East subregion, the Chairman of the group emphasized that insurgencies and climate change are chief among issues bedevilling the area.
“The projects carried out by NEDC in North East have impacted our communities positively. The NEDC has turned out to be one of the most important projects of Buhari administration that has touched lives.
“We are happy with the transformations we see that is why we urge the federal government to adopt and implement the master plan as produced by the NEDC. We trust the management of the Commission, that is why we are solidly behind them on this laudable project,” he said.
On his part, the Secretary of the group, Lawal Abdullahi said that the Commission has succeeded in implementing Humanitarian-Development and Peace Building judging from the demand-driven and impactful projects that are changing the landscape of the North-East subregion.