The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has received praise from the Good Governance Watch in Africa (GGWA) for its efforts to rebuild and restore the subregion.
The organization said the Managing Director, Mohammed Alkali, deserves special praise for championing an extraordinary intervention in the North-East in a statement signed by its Country Manager, Engr. Gideon Unazi.
Unazi observed that Alkali had utilized resources efficiently to carry out rapid development of the zone.
The pan-African group welcomed the 10-year North East Stabilisation and Development Master Plan (NESDMP), adding that it will facilitate a transformative growth and further lift citizens in the sub-region out of poverty.
According to him, “the full implementation of the master plan will no doubt bring needed growth and development to the region”.
Unazi added: “The NEDC has made great strides towards achieving its mandate of managing funds for recovery, stabilization, and paving a path towards long-term social-economic development of the North-East. Alkali has done a tremendous job at a critical time”.
“Through the Humanitarian-Development Peace Building (HDPB), the NEDC has covered much ground with viable, demand-driven, and impactful projects that are changing the landscape of the North-East. There’s been dramatic poverty alleviation and prosperity creation in the sub-region.
“The NEDC also carried out massive skills acquisition training for self-reliance, provision of accommodation for the vulnerable, as well as moral and financial support to the states in areas of education, health, agriculture and infrastructural development.
“The North-East Stabilization and Development Master Plan (NESDMP) is another proof of Alkali’s quality leadership. This is a holistic roadmap for recovery, stabilization, expansion, and long-term socioeconomic development. The eleven pillars covers all the key sectors that the region needs to focus on for it to return to a steady path of sustainable development,” the group stressed.
Unazi, however, called on all stakeholders in the public and private sectors, development partners, especially donors, to garner resources and invest optimally in the richly endowed but least-exploited North-East region.