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Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the North East Development Commission (NEDC), Mohammed Alkali, has pledged to prioritise provision of infrastructure to facilitate the return of displaced residents in the troubled region.
He made the pledge while fielding questions from reporters after the Vice Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI), Tijjani Tunsah, presented his handover note to the commission in Abuja.
Amid the challenges associated with provision of infrastructure, the NEDC boss explained that his organisation would not shy away from meeting the immediate needs of the people.
His words: “Infrastructure could be in the form of roads, housing and whatever that will make them come back to their communities. There are people that may want their markets rebuilt, want their mosques reconstructed or even their houses erected again.
“That will give them the assurance that life is coming back. So, we will try to build back that confidence.”
Alkali reiterated the commission’s zeal to resettle the refugees, including those that fled the border towns into Cameroon, in time.
Promising to study the handover notes, the DG however pointed out that his agency would work on own template to achieve its mandate.
Earlier, chairman of NEDC, Paul Tarfa, stated that for the commission to achieve its goals, it must engage the communities in terms of infrastructure provision among others.
On the issue of repentant Boko Haram members, Tunsah revealed that some of them were being trained in various skills for their onward integration into the larger society.