Buni government lays foundation for NEDC housing project for 500 displaced people in Yobe
The Honorable Mai Mala Buni, Governor of Yobe State and Chairman of the Interim Planning Committee of the APC / Extraordinary Convention, laid the groundwork for the construction of 500 houses for the internally displaced people on their own countries by the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) in some local state governments.
Buni, while reporting on the project along the Gashu’a / Maiduguri road bypass in Damaturu, said the project is an important step in post-insurgency recovery efforts in the state.
The governor said that as a state recovering from the destruction caused by Boko Haram insurgents, its administration sees the NEDC decision on the project as another step forward to complement the state government’s efforts to provide housing for the population.
“It is gratifying to note that 250 units of mass housing buildings are to be built in Damaturu while 50 each would be built in the towns of Buni-Yadi, Potiskum, Gashua, Nguru and Geidam.
“The dissemination of this project across the state is a laudable initiative of the Northeast Development Commission which is in line with our pursuit of uniform development in the state.
“Such complementary interventions would certainly go a long way in making a positive impact on the lives of people across the state,” he added.
Buni said the Yobe state government remains committed to meeting the accommodation needs of its citizens as part of its efforts to improve the general well-being of the population.
“The ongoing construction of 2,350 housing units comprising of 3 bedrooms and 2 urban bedrooms and 2 rural bedrooms, all twinned with roads and fences will cost 16 billion naira, when completed it will be distributed to owners. occupant regime.
Commission director-general Mohammed G Alkali said the project was part of the federal government’s efforts to rehabilitate and rebuild homes destroyed by insurgents in the northeast.
“You may want to be informed that the stock of homes in the northeastern states before the insurgency was around 4 million, of which over 500,000 structures (homes and business premises) have been destroyed or irreparably damaged.
“The commission had previously sought and received approval from the Yobe State government for the allocation of plots of land for these mass houses; Damaturu 250, Buni-Yadi 50, Geidam 50, Potiskum 50, Gashu’a 50, Nguru 50 houses.
Yobe Gov receives IG from police and provides more security support
Governor Mai Mala Buni received the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali, where he reaffirmed his administration’s commitments to support the police among other security agencies for a secure Yobe.
Buni said that as one of the three states most affected by the activities of Boko Haram atrocities, Yobe will remain committed to the safety of people’s lives and property for better development.
The governor has therefore tasked the new IG to use his years of experience with the police, injecting ideas that will go a long way in combating crime and criminal activity across the country.
“This visit, although official, is also a return to the Inspector General visiting his country of origin. I would like to congratulate you again on behalf of myself, the government and the good people of Yobe State on this well-deserved appointment, especially for being the first Yobe State police officer to hold this position. highly respected Inspector General of Police. We are proud of you for achieving this excellent achievement.
“As you are no doubt aware, Yobe is a front line and one of the three states most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast. Despite the bravery of our security agents and the complementary roles of vigilante groups, thousands of lives and property worth billions of naira have been lost during the decade-long insurgency period. .
“We are grateful to Almighty Allah for the gradual return of peace and normalcy to the State.
“I wish to appeal to all security organizations in the country to develop and strengthen a working synergy while fulfilling their statutory functions. I want to assure all state security agencies that Yobe state is always ready to support and work with you, ”the governor said.
Inspector General of Police Usman Baba Alkali urged Governor Buni to encourage traditional leaders among other stakeholders to apply community policing in their localities to improve security.
“Your Excellency, may I urge you to encourage our community leaders to talk to our brothers about the police by checking the criminal excesses in us and looking for unwanted elements in society. “