By Charly Agwam – Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has applauded the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari over its intervention for flood victims and displaced personssaid through the NorthEast Development Commission (NEDC), saying that the Commission is one of the best legacy institutions of the Buhari administration.
The Governor made the remark while playing host to the MD/CEO of the Commission, Mohammed Goni Alkali at the Bauchi Government House on Wednesday.
He appreciated the Commission for donating relief materials and food items to the victims of flood and the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the state.
“This Commission is one of the best Institutions created in order to deepen institutionalisation of initiatives which are not just going to be temporary. Fortunately for us, the institution is created for the pioneer staff that are very competent and they are doing their jobs in a manner that they will not be confronted with the problems and challenges of their sister organisation,s” he said.
The Governor pledged that the items would be fairly and equitably distributed and for the purpose they are meant for, while thanking the NEDC for their interventions, especially to victims who have been devastated by the huge flood along the Jama’are – Zaki corridor.
Speaking earlier, the MD/CEO of the Commission, Mohammed Alkali said that the palliative measure was born out of a need to cushion the hardship occasioned by flooding on its victims.
“We have come to sympathize with you and the people of the state and by extension, the NorthEast over the flood disaster. Abinitio when the flood started you were very proactive to see that it was contained. On our part, immediately the flood incident started, we wrote a letter to the State government to see how we can synergize to save the situation and provide preventive measures in future.
“The second reason we are here is that on August 18, the World Humanitarian Day was celebrated in Maiduguri under the chairmanship of Mr President. In that occasion, we promised that we’re going to show our humanitarian face to the people of the NorthEast. We have been directed to go round and give those items we promised to the states.
“For Bauchi state, we have 10,000 bags of 25kg rice, 5,000 pieces of blankets, 5,000 mats, 3,000 gallons of table oil, 5,000 women wrappers, 3,000 clothing materials for men and 3,000 children wears. All these items are now available in our store (in Bauchi),” he said.
He noted further that the Commission has some ongoing projects across the State and would shedulling a date to invite the governor for the groundbreaking ceremony and flagoff of the projects.