President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the North-East Development Commission Bill, 2017, that will revive the Boko-Haram wrecked region.
This was announced by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Mr Ita Enang, on Wednesday, October 25.
The Act establishes the North-East Development Commission, Mr Enang stated that the commission had the mandate to receive and manage funds allocated by the Federal Government and international donor agencies for the resettlement, rehabilitation, integration and reconstruction of roads, houses and business premises of victims of the insurgency.
Moreso, the Act is expected to help tackle the menace of poverty and environmental challenges in the region.
In his statement, Enang said:
“It provides for offices of Chairman, Managing Director, Executive Director (Administration and Finance), Executive Director (Humanitarian Affairs), Executive Director (Operations) and members representing the North East Zone to be rotated amongst member states of the commission.
“The commission will among other things coordinate projects and programmes within the Master Plan for the rehabilitation, resettlement, reconciliation, reconstruction and sustainable development of the North-East Zone.
“This will be done in the field of infrastructure, human and social services, including health and nutrition, education and water supply, agriculture, wealth creation and employment opportunities, urban and rural development and poverty alleviation.
“The commission will also liaise with federal ministries, departments, agencies, states and development partners on implementation of all measures approved in the Master Plan for stabilization and development of the North-East by the Federal Government.
“It will equally assess and report on any project being funded or carried out in the North-East by any federal ministry, department and agency or company that has an agreement with the Federal Government, and ensure that funds released for such projects are properly utilised.
“The commission will equally liaise with other stakeholders on tackling of humanitarian, ecological and environmental problems and degradation that arise from natural causes, insurgency and industrial activities in the North-East Zone.”
Speaking further, Enang said the commission would be in charge of co-coordinating civil-military confidence building, stabilization measures and activities that lie within the civil-military interface especially before, during and after military and security operations.
He informed that the commission was to act as the focal point to coordinate and harmonise all other interventions programmes and initiatives that the federal government was involved within the North-East.
The Senior Special Assistant said the content of the bill has been communicated to appropriate authorities.