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NEDC DONATES 100 OPERATIONAL SECURITY VEHICLES TO ARMY, OTHERS FIGHT BOKO HARAM, 18 AMBULANCES TO CURB COVID-19

NEDC DONATES 100 OPERATIONAL SECURITY VEHICLES TO ARMY, OTHERS FIGHT BOKO HARAM, 18 AMBULANCES TO CURB COVID-19

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BY INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI
The North East Development Commission (NEDC) on Thursday donated 100 Pick-up Vans and Trucks to Nigerian Armed Forces and other paramilitary agencies fighting Boko Haram terrorists in the region.
It also donated 18 ambulances to the Nigerian Army and the Airforce, as well as 8 Federal Medical institutions to fight COVID-19 pandemic in the North East.
This was disclosed in Maiduguri by the Managing Director NEDC, Goni Alkali during official launching/Handing over of Operational Security Vehicles to the Nigerian Armed Forces, as well as ambulances and other medical equipments to federal medical institutions/Medical centres in the North East.
The occasion took place at the Multi Purpose Hall, Government House, Maiduguri with stakeholders and all the six North East Governors sent in their representatives.
Goni Alkali in his welcome address said, the Commission was set up by the Federal Government to assist and give interventions in terms of logistics to security agencies fighting terrorism and other crimes in the region, and as well, provide humanitarian assistance to victims of the insurgency among others.

He said, the operational security vehicles given out to the Nigerian Armed Forces who are fighting terrorism, would go along way to find a lasting peace to the region.
While newly ambulances and medical equipments given to Nigerian Army, Airforce and six Federal Medical Institutions is aimed at fight COVID-19 pandemic in the region.
The Federal Medical Institutions benefit from the ambulances according to Alkali include; University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Maiduguri, Federal Medical Centres in Azare, Nguru, Gombe, Yola and Jalingo.
The MD NEDC further said, two Health facilities are to be handed over to Muna and Mohammed Goni College of Legal and Islamic Studies (MOGOLIS) Internally Displaced Persons camps in Maiduguri, as well as commence the construction of 10000 housing units as earlier approved by President Mohammadu Buhari, which will be launched at Ngom village of Mafa Local Government Area in Borno slated Friday 26th June, 2020.
He therefore urged the Nigerian Army and other paramilitary agencies to synergize and bring lasting peace to the region and the country as a whole.
Flagging off the distribution of the vehicles, ambulances and medical equipments, the Chairman of the occasion and Minister Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, said the gesture is apt and timely, considering the determination and commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari resolve to end act of terrorism a d other criminal vices in the country.
She said, “Security of lives and property is cardinal objectives of this present administration and the effort to nip in insurgency cannot be over emphasised, as there is no meaningful development that can take place in restive environment.
“Therefore all hands must be on deck in supporting Government and our security agencies through a robust collaborative efforts in our security architecture, traditional rulers and the communities as a whole.
“It would interest you to know that Government is doing everything possible to end insurgency so that our people can go back to their normal lives.
“I am delighted to inform you that the new N-Power portal would be open tomorrow ( Friday), so that our teaming unemployed youths in the region will enrol and benefit from the exercise.
“I want to use this occasion to Commend Governor Babagana Umara Zulum who is our host, and our security agencies who are doing everything possible to end insurgency in Borno state”. She stated.
While handing over the keys of the vehicles to the beneficiaries,  Hajiya Sadiq said, “10 trucks, 15 Pick-up vehicles and 5 ambulances are be given to Nigerian Army, while 25 Hilux/pick-up Van’s and 5 ambulances would be handed over to Nigerian Airforce.”
Additionally, 10 pick-ups to Nigerian Navy, 30 pick-ups to Nigerian Police, 10 to Department of State Security Services (DSSS) and 10 to Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, while each of the Federal Medical Centres would be given 1 ambulances, 30 beds each and 1 solar fridge to fight COVID-19 pandemic in the region.
In his address, Governor Zulum thanked the president Buhari for his approval towards establishment of the NEDC address many of the Humanitarian challenges bedevelling government and people of the North East.
He therefore called upon all people from the region to give support to the present administration and the security agencies, so that normalcy would be restored, especially farmers to go back to their farmlands and be self -relient.
His words: ” on behalf of the Government and people of Borno and by extension the north east, I want to express our sincere appreciation to President Muhmmadu Buhari, our Security Agencies and the NEDC in the fight against Boko Haram.
“I am also calling on the Nigerian  Army and other security agencies, as well as our traditional rulers and our people to collaborate and end Boko Haram so that our people, especially teaming farmers can go back to farmlands and earn a living on the Nigerian Military to end incessant attacks especially in providing enabling environment for our farmers to go back to their farmlands peacefully.
“Our farmers cannot continue to depend on  International Non Governmental Organizations (INGOs) for food supply, because this is not sustainable” Zulum said.
The Deputy Governor of Yobe state, Hon Barde Gubana who spoke on behalf of other North East Governors appreciated the gesture and promised to rally round security agencies end crimes in the region.
In his goodwill message, the National Security Adviser, Major Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) said, the ongoing activities of insurgency has created difficult situation for different reasons in the region, however, President Buhari had to create a new ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development headed by Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq and the NEDC headed by Maj Gen. Paul Tarfa in support of traumatized victims in the region.
In his vote of thanks, the Chairman of the Occasion, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, represented by Senator Mohammed Ndume, Southern Borno, said, the more than 10 years insurgency has caused destruction of properties worth over 9.2 billion US Dollars (N3 trillion), and setting up NEDC is timely address some of the major challenges affecting the region.
He appealed to the Service chiefs, to give special recruitment of civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) who have been assisting security agencies in the fight against insurgency, and NEDC to consider giving monthly allowance to CJTF.
Also, Ndume appealed to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq to allow Borno state applicants/indegines embark on analog registration for the forthcoming enrollment into the N-Power programme, instead of electronic format, which would be very difficult for those leaving in remote villages, where internet facilities, banks and other infrastructures have been destroyed by activities of insurgents.

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