PCNI Reiterates Mandate On Rebuilding Northeast

PCNI Re-iterates Mandate On Rebuilding NortheastAs part of rebuilding Nigeria’s north east shattered by the Boko Haram militants, the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI), recently visited Yobe state to handover some repaired structures.

Led by its Deputy Chairman, Tijjani Tumsa, the committee also presented some food and non-food items to be distributed to the Displaced Persons in the state, with the aim of making their lives more comfortable.

While visiting some police stations in Damaturu, the state capital, it was observed that so many destroyed structures are yet to be repaired and a failure to do so would stall the enforcement of law and order.

This situation has prompted most Police officers to erect temporary tents which gave rise to illegal and dilapidated camps within the police formations.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Sumonu Abdulmaliki, however stated that the issues have to be attended to gradually as the demands are enormous.

He also expressed his appreciation over the efforts of the PCNI for coming to the aid of the police, saying the efforts would go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of the Police.

Tumsa, on the other hand, stated that the committee has only just started, assuring them that the committee is poised to actualizing its mandate of reconstructing and rebuilding the northeast better than it was.

He therefore appealed to the residents and government of the northeast states to partner with them in the rebuilding process, saying that the presidency is committed to improving the lives of the people in the affected areas.

Ndume Advocates Improved Allocation For Northeast Intervention

Ali Ndume, Northeast Intervention, Budget AllocationThe Senate Committee Chairman on Finance, Ali Ndume, says the Federal Government’s 45 billion naira allocation in the 2017 budget for intervention in Nigeria’s Northeast is not adequate.

Senator Ndume, a member of the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI), made the observation after the PCNI visited the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa.

The group’s visit was to declare its donation of food items which were offloaded at the warehouse of the National Emergency Management Agency in Maiduguri.

“I want to use this opportunity to thank the international community; and I have said this even on the floor of the National Assembly that the contribution of the international community and its commitment to the humanitarian crisis we have in the northeast is more than that of the government.

“We are now calling on the government using this medium to at least take the lead or match what the international communities do,” Ndume said.

The senator noted further that foreign aid and commitment to the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have continued to dwarf government’s effort over the years.

“So far the humanitarian response plan under what we call UNOCHA is budgeting $1.05 billion for 2017 (and) if you turn that into Naira, it translates into over 300 billion Naira.

“As at December last year, $449 million was donated by the international community; that also represents about 130 billion Naira.

“Unfortunately last year, the Nigerian Government budgeted only 12 billion Naira. In this year’s budget, it budgeted only 45 billion Naira (and) that also is grossly inadequate.

“So we ask the Borno State government to join us and other members of the National Assembly that are crying out to the government and to the leadership of the National Assembly to increase the budget for the intervention in the northeast from a paltry 45 billion Naira to at least 108; that is our call.” Senator Ndume stated.

Mr Durkwa, on his part, thanked the PCNI for the food donations which he said would go a long way in complementing the feeding of the IDPs.

He, however, urged donors to consider providing building materials in subsequent interventions to speed up the resettling process of the displaced persons.

“We say we are grateful and we ask for more. Now that we are in the post-insurgency stage, it’s time to now carry out constructions and resettle our people back to their base.

“That means we expect more apart from the food security. We are still asking for building materials to complement the effort of the state government,” the deputy governor stated.

The Borno State government is presently carrying out rebuilding of homes destroyed by the Boko Haram terrorists in Bama, Gwoza, Konduga and Kaga local government area of the state.

Nigerian Air Force Pledges To Provide Logistics In Northeast Reconstruction

Northeast-Nigeria-developmentThe Nigerian Air Force has pledged to provide logistics during the rebuilding of the northeast ravaged by over seven years of insurgency.

While receiving members of the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, revealed that the Air Force was setting up an operation theatre for the hospital in Bama as part of efforts to improve health care for Internally Displaced Persons in the region.

The Vice Chairman of the committee, Mr Tijani Tumsah, explained that the committee was negotiating a loan facility of about $400 million from the World Bank and the African Development Bank to commence the project.

“We seek the collaboration of the Nigerian Air Force in a lot of areas. Some of the areas include using your experiences in countering violent extremism, disarmament, mobilisation, re-integration of civilian JTF, counter-radicalisation programmes, construction and renovation of schools and roads among others,” he told the Air Chief.

Assuring the committee of the force’s support, Air Marshall Abubakar said: “I want to say that we are open anytime you feel that we can be of support to you and we are most willing to support in the area of reconstruction and renovation.

“We have also made it clear that we have directorate of works that is building our works and renovating accommodation in all our barracks. They are building the post-housing projects for our officers and we believe that they are there and if there is need for us to support your reconstruction efforts we will not hesitate to deploy them to see how they can assist you”

The Chief of Air Staff further assured the committee members that the Air Force could help move materials from any part of Nigeria to Maiduguri through its C-130 aircraft, which he said could carry up to 20,000 kilograms.

“We are willing to support you and give you this aircraft,” he added.