The Managing Director/chief Executive Officer, North East Development Commission NEDC), Mr. Mohammed Goni Alkali has said the Commission will concentrate on the provision of infrastructure to encourage those that fled their communities to return home.
Mr. Alkali, said this while fielding questions from journalists after the Vice Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative handover its duties to the Commission.
In spite of the challenges associated with the provision of infrastructure, the NEDC Managing Director explained that it would not shy away from meeting the immediate needs of the people.
“Infrastructure could be in the form of roads, housing whatever, that will make them come back to their communities. These are people that maybe want their market to be rebuilt, want their mosque to be rebuilt, or their houses to be rebuilt.
“That will give them the assurance that life is coming back. So we will try to build back that confidence,” he said.
He further explained that the Commission will work to ensure that those that that fled their communities due to insurgency return home.
“Those towns in the border region the moment there is crisis they flee into Cameroun. However, we will do our best to bring them back home.”
He added that the Commission will study the handover notes by the PCNI but noted that it will, however, work on its own template as it works to achieve its mandate.
Speaking earlier before presenting the handover notes to the Chairman of NEDC, Paul Tarfa, PCNI Vice chairman Tijjani Tunsah, noted that for the Commission to meet its mandate, there is need for it to engage the communities in terms of infrastructure provision among others.
On the issue of repentant Boko Haram, Mr. Tunsah disclosed that some of them were presently been trained in various skills to enable them integrate into their communities