The Northeast Development Commission, NEDC is set to construct 500 housing units in Bauchi State to reduce the housing deficit in the state.
Similarly, the Commission has donated food and non-food items to the state government for onward distribution to the less privileged in society.
Items donated included 10,000 bags of 25kg rice, 2,000 bags of sugar, 3, 000 cartons of spaghetti and 10,000 gallons of vegetable oil.
The Commission also donated some non-food items that included 2,000 pieces of blankets, 2,000 pieces mats, 1,000 pieces of mosquito nets as well as 1,000 pieces of mosquito hand band to ameliorate the sufferings of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable members of society.
Governor Bala Mohammed assisted by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Office (MD/CEO) of the Northeast Development Commission Dr Mohammed Goni Alkali laid the foundation of the housing scheme yesterday.
At the ceremony held at the site of the construction at Dungal Village along the Bauchi–Jos Road, Governor Mohammed said the construction of the housing units in Bauchi will complement the ongoing construction of 2,500 housing units across the state through collaboration with the Federal Government.Dr Alkali stated that the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) was established specifically to address developmental challenges in the Northeast sub-region.
According to him, the commission is working to restore the means of livelihood of the people, following the effects of over 12-year insurgencies as a result of the activities of Boko Haram.
He added that when the Commission was established, part of its mandate included rehabilitation and reconstruction of destroyed homes and commercial premises of citizens in the region.
He further said that the effects of insurgency led to a massive influx of people into the urban areas with most of them taking shelter at any available public spaces, homes, schools, huts, abandoned and uncompleted buildings, while many trooped to neighbouring North Eastern states just as hundreds settled in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the states.
In his words: “The first 1,000 houses were executed at Ngowom Village, Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State and handed over to the Borno State Governor Prof. Baba Gana Umara Zullum, he disclosed.”
He further said the NEDC has started the construction of 500 houses in other states in the Northeast, starting with Yobe where the groundbreaking was performed with the building of 250 houses.