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Stakeholders convene over rehabilitation of northeast

Managing Director North East Development Commission Alhaji Mohammed Alkali during a stakeholder meeting in Maiduguri.

The federal government has guaranteed northeast stakeholders that their perspectives and contribution would be incorporated into the planned North East Stabilization and Development Master Plan.

The plan provides a comprehensive road map for the region’s rehabilitation, reconstruction, reconciliation, and long-term growth.

This followed the devastation created by the Boko Haram insurgency, which spanned over ten years and resulted in over 3.3 million out-of-school children, increased infant and maternal mortality, poor infrastructure, and high unemployment.

Representative of Hajiya Sadiya Farouq’s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadeeq Shehu conducted a meeting with stakeholders in Maiduguri in Borno state to discuss ways to lessen the effects of the disaster. He stressed the importance of collaboration amongst all six states in the region.

Managing Director of NEDC, Alhaji Mohammed Akali, stated that a diversified stakeholder will harness individual and collective ideas to enrich the process and charged them to discover better ways to implement the plan.

“The conversation is expected to centre on the implementation of the master plan once it is finalized, including its adaptability and funding windows, as well as techniques to be modified to ensure purposeful collaboration and cooperation,” Alkali remarked

Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum, represented by Secretary to the State Government Usman Jidda Shuwa, said the state has formed a high-powered committee to provide feedback on the level of physical and psychological harm inflicted on residents.

He urged the Commission to investigate the possibility of supplementing the government’s efforts in developing and implementing viable and workable strategies for addressing the current challenges posed by the thousands of repentant Boko Haram members who are currently camped in the state capital.

Reporting by Dauda Iliya; Editing by Saadatu Albashir