Group photograph of Chairman North East Development Commission, members of the Board as well as the Managing Director of the Commission with officials of a Chinese construction company during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding in Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement in Maiduguri.
By Dauda Iliya
The North East Development Commission, NEDC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding MOU with a Chinese construction company for the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement of millions of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs and other victims of insurgency in the region.
Chairman of the newly reconstituted Board, Major General Paul Tarfa rtd made this known to newsmen shortly after signing the MOU at the headquarters of the Commission in Maiduguri.
General Tarfa who was accompanied by the Managing Director and other Board members said, the Memorandum of Understanding became imperative to scale up the people oriented interventions executed by the commission within the six states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi and Taraba.
According to him, a wholistic approach is needed to address most of the short and long term durable solutions.
The Chairman pointed out that areas of collaboratuin include renewable energy and power generation, health care, education, agriculture, roads construction, favourable climate, jobs creation, poverty alleviation, rehabilitation and resettlement.
Managing Director of the Chinese company, Mr. Liu said the MOU is aimed at resolving the immediate challenges and devastations that were carried out by insurgents, and the attendant economic challenges.
“We are to start prioritizing key areas such as reconstruction, ecological and climate change, power, transportation, resettlement, education and hosts of other projects” Liu said.
He assured the Commission that the Company would do its best to execute projects that will attract more investment opportunities to people of the region.