In response to the devastating effect of insurgency in the country which has resulted in rendering millions of people homeless, the North East Development Commission (NEDC) the construction of 500 housing units across Taraba state.
Construction works will commence with the building of 150 units in Jalingo while the remaining 350 units would be spread across other urban centres in the State.
A team of board and management of the commission, led by its chairman, Major General Paul Tarfa and Managing Director and the Chief Executive Officer, Alhaji Mohammed G. Alkali, were joined by the state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku to perform the ground breaking ceremony.
Speaking at the occasion, the Managing Director said the intervention of the commission became inevitable in the wake of the destructive activities of insurgents in the region which has displaced millions of people.
According to him, the Commission resolved to make available housing with certain improved infrastructural facilities that will make the occupants comfortable in a livable environment.
Giving more insight, he revealed that the houses when eventually completed, will include reticulated water supply, lightening and commercial spaces amongst others.
“We are disturbed by the activities of insurgents, the situation has led to massive influx of people into the urban areas with most of them taking shelter at any available public spaces, homes, abandoned and uncompleted buildings and some internally Displaced persons (IDP) camps across the State.”
“These structures, we believe, the housing units would go a long way in heralding succour to the displaced persons”, he said.
Alhaji Alkali also noted that the mandate of the commission was established to address developmental challenges in the region and to restore means of livelihood of the people following the over 12 years of u surgery in the region.
While responding to the commission’s gesture, Governor Ishaku reiterated his administration’s determination to provi
de good environment for it to achieve all its planned programmes in the state.
He thanked the commission for its prompt response in bringing scour to the people of the region who have been affected by the activities of the insurgency and natural disasters.
The commission also distributed food and non-food items, farming mechanized equipment, tractors worth 300 million naira to boost agricultural activities in the state.