By Idris Khalid
North East Youths and Elders Forum has expressed is satisfaction for the execution of 11 qualitative projects that impacted positively on the lives of people of Gombe State executed by the North East Development Commission NEDC.
National President of the group Alhaji Salihu Magaji stated this in a statement he distributed to reporters in Bauchi over the weekend, saying the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NEDC, Mohammed Goni Alkali, sited the projects across different communities excite the communities, and the projects addressed their most pressing problems.
Magaji said all the 11 projects are physically for anyone to come and see and even to touch and feels it, they have been completed awaiting commissioning.
He listed the projects included Gombe – sola installation at Specialist Hospital, Kaltungo – Snake Anntivnum, Billiri – Farm Service Center at Ladoungur, Akko – Farm service center at Kalshingi, Kwami – Farm service center at Dukul, Dukku – Farm service center at Dukku,Balanga – Farm service center at Gelengu, Funakaye – Renovation of PHC at Bodour, Ashaka Gari, Abuja, Nafada – Renovation of PHC at Gadi, Shaganawo, Tashan kalgo, Yemaltu Deba – Renovation of Junior Staff Quarters at CGSS Dadin kowa and in and Shongom – Upgrade of PHC to cottage hospital.
Magaji said since it was established has awarded contract for the construction of 3000, as part of its effort to bring succor to the people of North East.
1000 building was completed in Borno State, while construction of 500 houses each was awarded in Yobe, Bauchi, Adamawa and Gombe 500 mass houses contract will be awarded on Wednesday 6th October 2021.
“The foundation laying ceremony for the construction of the 500 Mass Housing Units in Gombe State is to take place on Wednesday 6th October 2021”.
“In addition there will be Flagging off of the distribution of Food and Non-food items to address the rapidly deteriorating food insecurity situation in the North East Region especially in Gombe State.”
While in Gombe Commissioning/Handing over of Gombe – sola installation at Specialist Hospital Gombe and in Kaltungo – Snake Anntivnum which would addressed the problem of light and cater for the high incidences of Snake bites and other associated incidences in the state.
Commissioning/Handing Farm Service centers in the following places Billiri – Farm Service Center at Ladoungur, Akko – Farm service center at Kalshingi , Kwami – Farm service center at Dukul , Dukku – Farm service center at Dukku, and Balanga – Farm service center at Gelengu, Ashaka Gari, Abuja which will boost farming activities in the areas.
The NEDC will also Commission Primary Health Cares PHC constructed to provide more access to health facilities in the following places, Nafada – Renovation of PHC at Gadi, Shaganawo, Tashan kalgo, Shongom – Upgrade of PHC to cottage hospital and Yemaltu Deba – Renovation of Junior Staff Quarters at CGSS Dadin kowa all in Gombe State.
He said, the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) was established to address developmental challenges in the northeast region and to restore means of livelihood of the people, following the effects of over 12 years-long insurgencies as a result of activities of Boko Haram in the region.
“The effects of insurgency led to a massive influx of people into the urban areas with most of them taking shelter at any available public spaces, homes, Schools, huts, abandoned and uncompleted buildings, while many trooped to neighboring North eastern States hundreds settled in the Internally Displaced Persons IDP camps across the states.
When the commission was established part of its mandate included rehabilitation and reconstruction of destroyed homes and commercial premises of citizens in the Region.”
“As a result of appointment of Hard Working Leader who is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of NEDC, Mohammed Goni Alkali when he assumed duty carefully studied the situation and came up with so many reliable plans in order to ameliorate the hardships being encountered by the citizens.”
Dr Alkali constructed the first 1,000 Houses at Ngowom Village, Mafa Local Government of Borno State and handed over the Houses to the Governor of Borno State, Professor Baba Gana Umara Zullum.
Alkali delivered a town with all social amenities, these are all the efforts of the Commission to reflect on its mandate, and the decision to replicate same in the other five states of the region by the construction of 500 houses in each state.
Alkali started the construction of 500 houses to other States in the North East when he started with Yobe where he performewd the ground breking ceremony of building 250 houses; in Damaturu, in Buni Yadi, 50 houses; in Geidam, 50 houses; in Potiskum, 50 houses; in Gashua, 50 houses; in Nguru, 50 houses”, followed by Bauchi Adamawa and now Gombe State on Wednesday.
The types of Houses he is building are of the cluster block style which consists of blocks of four units of 2-bedroomed bungalows with veranda and courtyard, each block sits on four hundred square meters, with a fence separating each twin-facing houses, covered kitchens and toilets/bathrooms, and ample space for home living activities, adding that the facilities would also be provided with street lights, reticulated water supply system, commercial spaces among others.
“We have observed that not only NEDC Model Mass Housing he is constructing in Yobe, there will be Mega Schools, the Gujba-Ngalda road project and graduation of the third batch of ICT trainees.
“On MEGA Schools, with the Construction, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Education Sector Infrastructure to redress the high deficit in classroom blocks in both Primary and Secondary Schools throughout the northeast region.
“This deficit has meant that the region is the part of the country with the lowest literacy rate and highest poverty index in the country. Low literacy and high poverty are recognized by experts to be among the root causes of the violent insurgency that bedevilled the region for twelve years and the situation was further exacerbated by the large-scale destruction of schools and losses in the lives of youths, teachers, students etc.”