The North East Development Commission has flagged off the construction of a 54 kilometer Ngalda-Mutai road in Yobe state at the cost of N12.2 billion.
At the flag off ceremony in Ngalda town, Fika local government area, the Managing Director of NEDC, Muhammed Alkali said the project, which is the second phase of the Gujba-Mutai- Ngalda road, was part of the many infrastructure and other interventions by the commission aimed at rebuilding the sub-region ravaged by insurgency.
The North East Development Commission, established a few years ago, is providing interventions in education, healthcare, housing, and roads, among other social amenities to facilitate the rebuilding of the sub-region after a decade of insurgency.
Mr Alkali said the 54km Ngalda- Mutai road would link Gujba and Fika local government areas in Yobe state with Gombe state and when completed, would open up the area thereby improving security, economy as well as the general well being of people
The Commission has also flagged off the construction of a Mega School in Potiskum, one of the three to be sited in Yobe state.
NEDC is planning to construct one mega school in each of the 18 senatorial zones of the 6 North-East states.
Each mega schools would consist of 24 classrooms, a laboratory, workshop, computer center, admin block, dispensary, and borehole, Alkali explained.
Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni commended the NEDC for its Rapid Response Intervention projects which according to him brought succour to the benefitting communities, and appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for his relentless effort in restoring peace in the North East and other security challenge areas across the country.
Present at the event were; the minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq represented by Ali Grema and the NEDC Board chairman, Maj. Gen Paul Tarfa(rtd) represented by Dr C O Nkechi, Yobe state government officials among others.
Reporting by Alkasim Bala; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Muzha Kucha