Buhari commissions board for North-East Development Commission(NEDC)

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President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the board for the newly set-up North-East Development Commission(NEDC).

The Senate, in October 2016, passed the bill for the establishment of the North East Development Commission to coordinate the rebuilding of the insurgency-ravaged North East region of Nigeria.

Buhari unveiled the commission in February 2019 and appointed Major Gen Paul Tarfa, former military administrator of old Oyo State as its chairman.

Other members of the board are:

● Mohammed Goni Alkali — MD/CEO

● Musa Uma Yashi — ED Humanitarian Affairs

● Mohammed Jawa B. — Executive Director, Admin and Finance

● Umar Maiwada Mohammed — Executive Director, Operations

● Hon. David Sabo Kente — Member representing North East zone

● Asamo M. Mohammed — Member representing North West zone

● Benjamin Adeniyi — Member representing Central zone

● Olawale Osun — Member representing South West zone

● Theo Nkechi — Member representing South East

● Bassey Uke — Member representing South South zone

Buhari finally inaugurated the board members on Wednesday, shortly before the Federal Executive Council(FEC) meeting.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has just inaugurated the Board of the North East Development Commission (NEDC), ” the presidency announced on Wednesday morning.

According to the presidency, “the NEDC is charged with the responsibility of, among other things, receiving and managing funds allocated by the Nigerian government and international donors for the resettlement, rehabilitation, integration and reconstruction of roads, houses & business premises of victims of insurgency & terrorism as well as tackling the menace of poverty, illiteracy, ecological problems and any other related environmental or developmental challenges in the North East states: Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe.”

Last month, the Senate voted N55 billion for the commission.

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