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NEDC empowers about 200 youths on ICT in Borno

Representative  OF Zulum, Professor Isa Marte alongside Permanent Secretary Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Dr Nasir Gwarzo, and  Managing Director NEDC Mohammed Alkali presenting of ICT training in Maiduguri.

The North East Development Commission has presented starter packs and cash assistance to 193 Information Communication Technology ICT trainees as well as educational and instructional materials to Command Science Secondary School Auno.

The Managing Director of the Commission Alhaji Mohammed Alkali said the presentation of office equipment to the Nigerian Police in Maiduguri, is part of the Commission’s intervention to security agencies, in the ongoing recovery effort, in the region devastated by thirteen years of insurgency. 

Alhaji Alkali said NEDC is providing furniture and office equipment to Borno state Police command to enable its personnel works comfortably.

According to him, the Commission has reconstructed Police barracks destroyed by insurgents in Garkida town, Adamawa state and also awarded the contract for the modernization of Police stations in Konduga and Bama in Borno state to fast track restoration of civil authority. 

The Managing Director promised to consider some of the additional demands forwarded by the Inspector General of Police.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and social Development Hajiya Sadiya Farouq represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry Dr. Nasir Gwarzo noted that the Police needed more support from governmental and donor organisations to effectively secure the country.

He requested the Commission to support the Police with Intelligence and other operational assets to tackle emerging internal security challenges affecting the country. 

Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali represented by the Deputy Inspector General in charge of logistics and supply Zanna Ibrahim described the intervention as timely and requested the Commission to provide the Force with Armoured Personnel Carriers, operational vehicles and communication gadgets. 

Similarly, the Commission has graduated about two hundred youth in smart phone repairs and graphic design.

The Managing Director Alhaji Mohammed Alkali said eighteen ICT research centres will be established across the six states of the region and expected to train ten thousand youth annually. 

Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum represented by his Chief of Staff Prof. Isa Marte promised to work with Commission to rebuild the state and improve lives of victims of insurgency. 

Reporting by Dauda Iliya, editing by Daniel Adejo