Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk, reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to restoring the livelihoods, social and economic development of people affected by the insurgency .
The Minister said this during his address at the inauguration of the consultative meeting with stakeholders on the North East Stabilization and Development Master Plan (NESDMP) project, in Gombe State.
Hajiya Sadiya, who was represented by the President’s Special Adviser on Disaster Management, Group Captain Sadiq Shehu (rtd), assured that people in the North East would benefit from the government’s viable development programs.
In his remarks, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya said developing the master plan through inclusive stakeholder engagement would produce workable and acceptable strategies to guide NEDC activities in the region.
Yahaya, who was represented by Prof. Abubakar Njodi, Secretary to the State Government, said such engagement was imperative to develop a roadmap for the transformation of critical sectors in line with the mandates of the commission.
“Therefore, our active participation in this important consultative meeting is crucial to ensure the success of the commission,” he said.
Also speaking, the Chief Executive of the North East Development Commission (NEDC), Mr. Mohammed Goni-Alkali, said the commission will develop a 10-year master plan to accelerate sustainable development in the region.
Goni-Alkali, represented by the commission’s director of operations, Mohammed Maiwada, said the commission was tasked with responding to humanitarian crises and the ravages of insurgency in the region.
“We will develop a master plan based on the needs assessment for the area which will be known as NESDMP.
“In order to come up with a strong regional master plan, we consider consultation with stakeholders to be paramount to produce a comprehensive roadmap,” he said.
According to him, the proposed plan includes programs and plans to accelerate the physical, social and economic development of the region.
The master plan, he said, comprises 10 pillars and will encompass the relevant aspect of Gombe State development plans and policies.
He said that in 2021, the commission conducted baseline surveys and held consultations with various groups and stakeholders in all 11 local government areas of the state.