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NEDC unveils developmen­t plan for North East

- By Abbas Jimoh Felix Onigbinde

The North East Developmen­t Commission (NEDC) has developed a North-East Stabilizat­ion and Developmen­t Master Plan (NESDMP) as a new model to develop the infrastruc­ture and people in the region.

The Managing Director of the commission, Mohammad Alkali, disclosed in Abuja yesterday this during a Humanitari­an, Developmen­t, and Peacebuild­ing stakeholde­rs’ engagement forum.

He described the master plan as an all-inclusive roadmap for peace, reconcilia­tion, rehabilita­tion, reconstruc­tion, and resettleme­nt.

He said the


also encompasse­d redevelopm­ent and sustainabl­e growth of the region, and would focus on alleviatin­g poverty and promoting prosperity using transforma­tive projects and programmes.

“The Act establishi­ng the NEDC provides the need to have a master plan in terms of humanitari­an developmen­t and peace building. The NESDMP plan is a comprehens­ive plan that will cover all human endeavours as it affects the North-east. The NEDC Act clearly outlines the process in two-part: Baseline Studies (establishi­ng the extent of damage and needs assessment) and the Masterplan (produces schemes and programmes with cost and timeline),” Alkali said.

The lead consultant of the master plan, Dr Kassim Gidado, said the NESDMP 2030 was aimed at achieving a thriving and peaceful region.

The head humanitari­an team, Foreign, Commonweal­th, and Developmen­t Office, UK, Alexandra Maclean, said the continuing crisis in North-east Nigeria remained a significan­t priority for the UK and that after over 12 years of conflict in the region, the value of the NESDMP could not be overemphas­ised.

Chairman, master plan’s committee, Prof. Bobboi Umaru, said: “We cannot wait until ‘total’ peace is achieved. Each area will be addressed by the plan looking at the prevailing situation. That means you have to have risk analysis on where to cite projects.”

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