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Buhari signs North East Development Commission Bill into Law

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Buhari approves North East Development Commission Bill - BellaNaija

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the North East Development Commission (NEDC) (Establishment) Bill, 2017.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

According to him, the Act establishes the North East Development Commission.

He noted that the commission had the mandate to receive and manage funds allocated by the Federal Government and international donor agencies for the resettlement, rehabilitation, integration and reconstruction of roads, houses and business premises of victims of insurgency.

He added that the Act would also help in tackling the menace of poverty and environmental challenges in the North –East.

“It provides for  offices of  Chairman, Managing Director, Executive Director (Administration and Finance), Executive Director (Humanitarian Affairs), Executive Director (Operations) and members representing the North East Zone to be rotated amongst member states of the commission.

“The commission will among other things coordinate projects and programmes within the Master Plan for the rehabilitation, resettlement, reconciliation, reconstruction and sustainable development of the North-East Zone.

“This will be done in the field of infrastructure, human and social services, including health and nutrition, education and water supply, agriculture, wealth creation and employment opportunities, urban and rural development and poverty alleviation.

“The commission will also liaise with federal ministries, departments, agencies, states and development partners on  implementation of all measures approved in the Master Plan for stabilization and development of the North-East by the Federal Government.

“It will equally assess and report on any project being funded or carried out in the North-East by any federal ministry, department and agency or company that has an agreement with the Federal Government, and ensure that funds released for such projects are properly utilised.

“The commission will equally liaise with other stakeholders on  tackling of humanitarian, ecological and environmental problems and degradation that arise from natural causes, insurgency and industrial activities in the North-East Zone,’’ he said.

Enang further said the commission would seek humanitarian, human, material, technical and financial support from development partners, local or international, and Non-Governmental Organisations, with a view to developing the North-East region.

He pointed  out that the commission was saddled with the responsibility of co-coordinating civil-military confidence building, stabilization measures and  activities that lie within the civil-military interface especially before, during and after military and security operations.

He stressed that one other key role of the commission was to act as the focal point to coordinate and harmonise all other interventions programmes and initiatives that the federal government was involved with in the North-East.

The Senior Special Assistant said that the Act as assented to, had been communicated to appropriate authorities.

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3 Comments

  1. Diamond

    October 26, 2017 at 1:57 am

    So fast? Oya, more oil money and begged funds into the pockets of the Hausa fulani political elites.

  2. Esther

    October 26, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Another avenue to ‘chop’ money…northerners kwantinu!!

  3. amaa

    October 26, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Another ministry another allocation. NEMA and all their ministers can’t handle the refurbishment of the NE . How may I ask will the board be paid. Are they voluntary? Are the entitled to SA PA etc what of official cars? . Consolidation is what is needed not creation of more agencies and ministry kwaraption preparation for 2019

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