Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his foresight in establishing the Northeast Development Commission and also directed the state Ministry of Finance to fund the commission from the 3% gross collection from the Value Added Tax.
Speaking when he received the leadership of the NEDC at the council chamber of the Government House, Gov. Fintiri commended them for the good work they have been doing.
The Governor who said the deductions was enshrined in the act establishing the commission stated that the state government will collaborate with the commission in finding an appropriate office accommodation for the smooth operation of the commission in the state.
He said that a lot of palliative measures have been deployed to the front line local government ravaged by insurgency from Gombi down to Madagali but isn’t enough, stated that the people are devastated by insurgency.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the NEDC who led the delegation Rtd. Gen. Paul Tarfa said they were in the state on a familiarization tour.
He disclosed that the commission was established with the aim to rehabilitate and restructure the northeastern part of the country that has been ravaged by insurgency.
Gen. Tarfa said that insurgency in the North East is responsible for the death of 20,000 people while 2 million people have been displaced from their communities which made Boko Haram in recent time be described as the worse humanitarian crises.
He revealed that the displacement of people in the north east has led to the overstretching of the host communities of IDPs in the areas of schools, hospitals, markets and shops among others while Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba did not experience the problem of insurgency directly.
Furthermore, the Governor who was accompanied by his deputy Chief Crowther Seth visited took the august visitors to the Internally Displaced Persons IDPs camps in Malkohi and Fufore to assess the conditions of the people in the camp.
Addressing Malkohi IDPs, Governor Umaru Fintiri told them that government is doing its best to alleviate their plights by rebuilding their displaced communities for safe return and advised them to live in peace and tolerate one another.
While in Fufore IDPs camp in Fufore local government, Governor Umaru Fintiri urged the IDPs to have faith in the government, as the commission set up by President Muhammadu Buhari will rehabilitate their communities and bring relief materials.
In his remark at the camps separately, the Chairman of NEDC General Paul Tarfa assured the IDPs of the commitment of the commission to rehabilitate them and reconstruct their destroyed communities by insurgents.
Speaking separately the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency Malam Aminu Mohammed Suleiman while taking the Governor and other entourage round the camps revealed that the Malkohi camp was established four years ago.
Malam Suleiman said Malkohi IDPs camp has over seven thousand IDPs at beginning when it was established, but now has only one thousand one hundred and ninety three persons while ninety eight percent of them are from Borno State.
He said Fufore IDPs camp was established in August twenty fifteen as a transit camp for indigenes of Borno state that have been brought back from Cameroon Republic and the camp initially had over over ten thousand IDPs but at present houses one thousand seven hundred and fifty six persons.
Similarly, Governor Umaru Fintiri who made a stop over at the Technical Training School Yola town promised to revive the school by building hostels and give all that will be required by the school to train youths various skills.