The Northeast Development Commission (NEDC)had on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, handed over 28 tractors, and accessories to the government of Taraba on the day it flagged off the building of 500 houses for persons affected by the ongoing insurgency in the state.
As part of its mandate, the Commission NEDC got the approval of the federal government to build 10,000 houses in this e six states of the northeast subregion with emphasis on Borno the epicentre of the Boko Haram conflict.
The NEDC was established to deal with developmental challenges in the conflict-ravaged North-East Region to restore the destroyed livelihood of the people following the over 12 years of insurgency.
NEDC has a clear mandate to “rehabilitate and reconstruct destroyed homes and commercial premises of affected citizens in the Region.
It is on record that of the about 4 million houses and commercial premises destroyed or irreparably damaged during the 12 years of warfare, over 500,000 of them have been destroyed.
In line with the presidential directive of 2019, NEDC had on September 2, 2021, handed a completed 1000 housing unit to the Borno state government. In effect, the NEDC handed over a complete town to Borno governmental Ngwom village.
the 1,000 Houses at Ngowom Village, Mafa Local Government of Borno State was formally handed over to His Excellency, Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor (Eng.) Baba Gana Umara Cullum. We were able to deliver a Town with the necessary social amenities.
To replicate the Borno interventions, the NEDC decided to build 500 houses in each of the other five states of the Northeast.
It was on that note that the Commission, led by its Managing Director, Mohammed Alkali, visited Taraba, to perform the foundation laying ceremony of the allocated 500 houses.
The governor of Taraba, Darius officially laid the foundation brick of the first phase of 150 houses at Jalingo, the state capital while the balance of 350 would be spread to other parts of the state.
The NEDC chief executive said the housing estate would be fitted with “Reticulated Water Supply, Lightening and commercial spaces amongst others.”
Also, to help boost the business of food production, which had been badly affected by the 12 years of insurgency, the NEDC used the occasion to hand over critical agric implements to the Taraba state government.
Mr Alkali said the commission is “willing to partner with the state in the achievement of the planned laudable objectives especially in the sphere of Agric Mechanization.
To that effect, the Commission handed over the following tools to the Taraba government.
4-Wheel Tractors = 10
3-Wheel Tractors = 18
Disk Ploughs = 10
Planters = 10
Boom Sprayers = 10
Trailer Bodies = 18
Tool Boxes = 28
Iron Bull Tractors = 02
Transplanters = 08
The NEDC has in the past weeks been touring the six states of Northeast to carry out similar interventions and Taraba was the last phase.