Jutha Gupah, Maiduguri
The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has completed 647 projects in the education, health and infrastructure sectors in the Northeast.
The completed N96.29 billion projects; are also in the housing, water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), agriculture, power and environment sectors of the economy.
Unveiling the completion of the projects, yesterday (Tuesday), at a media parley in Maiduguri, NEDC’s Managing Director, Mohammed Alkali, disclosed that; “The completion of 2,500 houses in five states in the region gulped N17.5 billion,” while the construction of 1,000 housing units in Ngowom community was completed at N2.92 billion.
Besides the completion of 3, 500 houses, he added that 110 kilometres of roads and three bridges were completed at the cost of N69.87 billion
“Our completed other roads in the region; include the Alkaleri-Futuk, Jabbi-Lamba roads and the repairs of other roads in two states of the region,” he said.
According to him, the completed projects are in the first phase of the Master Plan for recovery and stabilization of six insurgency affected states.
He said the strategic activities in the first phase are the focus on building collective peace that prevents recurrence of insurgency and other conflicts in the region.
On the completion of environment and ecological projects, he told the media executives and editors that; “The commission engaged 300 youths and women in waste recycling, efficient stove production and use to become self-reliant.”
He added that they were also sensitized on environment protection and climate change mitigation.
“There were various completed projects in the tertiary educational and health institutions in the Northeast,” he said.
While responding to the completion of projects, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Guardian Newspapers, Martins Oloja, said: “The sustained management of the reputations of any organisation like the NEDC requires regular budgeting,” stating that this will enable the Commission protect and sustain its integrity and competence, while managing both human and capital resources.
Others editors also suggested that; despite the massive completion of the ‘recovery and stabilization’ projects, the Commission should embark on mega projects, instead of the micro ones.