NEDC, Gombe collaborate to commence 3R interventions

Rebecca Mu’azu,Gombe

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The North East Development Commission has sought the support and collaboration of the Gombe State Government, so as to begin its operational rehabilitation, reconstruction and reintegration activities in the state.

While on an official visit to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, in Gombe, the Chairman of the Commission, Rtd. Major General Paul Tarfa Rtd, asked the Gombe State Government to assist the commission with the premises and facilities to accommodate the state office of the commission in the state.

Rtd. Major General Tarfa Rtd said the commission, with its headquarters in Maiduguri, Borno State, would have state offices in all six states in the North East.

He said the commission was fully prepared to engage all operational issues of the government to create the needed symbiotic relations and commence work, once all machinery were put in place.

The Headquarters of the commission is located in Maiduguri, Borno State, but according to the Chairman of the commission, Major General Paul Tarfa, it will have state offices in the remaining five states.

Rtd. Major General Tarfa said the commission was in Gombe to align its plan with that of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

“The commission is virtually ready to commence work at its headquarters in Maiduguri, and plans to establish state offices in Gombe and other states of the region. We are aware that the governor of Gombe State has development serious of laudable projects of economic development and empowerment and we are keen and ready to key into your plan and, which will be integrated into the commission’s master plan. The commission will soon engage your government, your Excellency, on all operational issues toward creating symbiotic relations,” said Rtd. Major General Tarfa.

Responding, Governor Yahaya said the state was under compulsion to provide the facilities needed by the North East Development Commission, which he described as coming to help the state.

He said Gombe State was ready, eager and had keyed into the programme and would providing all that was needed for the establishment of the office in the state.

“When you asked for a facility, Sir, we equally have to. We must, it’s a must to us to provide the facility that is coming to help us. So, Gombe State is ready and in fact we have keyed in already, trying to give whatever is needed for the NEDC to come and we are eager for you to come, even tomorrow, Sir,” said Governor Yahaya.

Governor Yahaya also sought the assistance of the North East Development Commission on the premises used as camp for the Operation Safe Corridor to rehabilitate repentant Boko Haram members, which used to be the camp for the National Youth Service Corps.

The Gombe State Governor said the commission should intervene in making provisions for the National Youth Service camp, because the displacement was affecting the number of corps members deployed to the state, since the government relies on them to meet the human resource needs, especially in the provision of teaching services to the schools in the state.

He also said an intervention would to ease the challenges people in the area were faced, in terms of conducting their business activities, like farming, which is now being restricted and trading, which is being controlled to a certain time of the day.

Overall, Governor Yahaya said he would fully collaborate with the North East Development Commission and was looking forward to the mutual benefits expected from the commission.

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