Chairman and members of the North East Development Commission, NEDC, today paid Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku a courtesy call in Government House Jalingo.
Receiving the delegation, the Governor said Taraba State has been a generous host to thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Boko Haram crisis in the zone.
He said this has been a huge burden on the Taraba State Government but noted that “we cannot send them away because it is un-African to do so.”
Gov. Ishaku commended the Federal Government for the efforts being made to reduce the sufferings of victims of the crisis in the zone.
The Governor thanked President Buhari for the efforts he is making to develop the Mambilla Hydro Electricity Power and stressed the need for the nation to give more emphasis to the development of power infrastructure because power is critical to the development of any society.
He urged the commission to assist with the rehabilitation of federal roads in Taraba State and drew attention to the importance of building the road leading to the hydro power project site, noting that at the moment there is no road to the project site.
Retired General Paul Tarfa said his team was in Taraba to find ways the commission can assist the state develop some infrastructure.
The Managing Director of the Commission, Mohammed Alkali, was a member of the delegation.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku showed the readiness of his administration to support the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) and advised that they continue with the developmental initiatives of the Presidential Committee on the Northeast Initiatives (PCNI).
Gov. Ishaku delivering his speech during the visit of some members of the NEDC at Government House Jalingo.
The Governor stated this when he received members of the Commission at Government House Jalingo.
He bemoaned the manner at which organizations and government agencies usually abandon development programs based on sentiments of varying degrees hinged on ideology and party differences despite their painstaking efforts towards development.
Governor Ishaku stated that should the six governors in the north east own the Yola Electricity Development Company, there would be effective distribution of power across the zone.
The governor expressed dissatisfaction over seeming sideline of the state government on the Mambilla Plateau project by the Federal government despite his numerous efforts to the completion of the project and decried the depletion of power supply in the country, stressing that it has dropped to 2000MW from 7000MW when he left the ministry of Power.
He also stated that the Kashimbilla power project can serve 3 states if given the necessary attention to function.
Governor Ishaku saluted the courage of the team for visiting the state after years of neglect by some agencies, emphasizing that the Danbaba Danfulani Suntai Airport has now made the state to be accessible and promised to provide the Commission with office accommodation to enable them succeed.
MD, Northeast Dev. Commission, Mohammed Goni Alkali
Earlier, the Managing Director of the Northeast Commission Mohammed Goni Alkali said he was in the state to introduce himself and intimate him of the Commission’s activities.
Alkali averred that the major mandate of the Commission is to coordinate development in the Northeast in complement to the developmental efforts of states and federal government.
It could be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017, signed into law the establishment of the Northeast Development Commission with the mission to reconstruct the development of the Northeast orchestrated by myriad challenges like insurgency, robbery, kidnapping and others.