The North-East Development Commission (NEDC) has inaugurated the construction of 500 housing units in Adamawa State.
Chief Executive Officer of the NEDC, Mohammed Alkali and Governor Ahmadu Fintiri jointly performed the foundation laying ceremony of the first 300 units at the state capital, Yola, on Wednesday.
In his keynote address, the NEDC chief executive officer explained that while 300 units of the houses will be in Yola, 200 others will be located in other major towns in the state.
Giving a background to the decision to put up the 500 housing units in Adamawa State, the NEDC boss said the initiative is in line with part of NEDC’s Mandate to rehabilitate and reconstruct homes and commercial premises destroyed by Boko Haram terrorists.
He recalled that the location of 500 houses in Adamawa and four other states of the Northeast was a deliberate effort of the NEDC to replicate the Federal Government’s earlier decision to build 10,000 houses in the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency, Borno State, to mitigate the destruction done by terrorism.
The NEDC also distributed food and non-food items to reduce increasing food insecurity in the state.
“Today, as part of the strategy, we are going to hand over the following Food items to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Adamawa State for onward distribution to our people of concern in the State: Bags of Rice (25kg), 10,000, Gallons of Vegetable Oil 10,000, Bags of Sugar 2,000, Cartons of Spaghetti 3,000, Cartons of Macaroni 2,000,” Mohammed Goni said.
The NEDC also donated non-food items in its support to IDPs and other vulnerable groups in the State, including 3,000 blankets, 3,000 mats, 1,000 mosquito nets, and 10,000 mosquito hand bands.
Fintiri, who was complemented by his Deputy, Chief Crowther Seth and other senior government officials, inspected and received a fully equipped Infectious Diseases Laboratory for the testing of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other diseases as provided and installed at the Specialist Hospital, Yola, by the NEDC.
The state government and management officials of the NEDC had been to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Yola where the NEDC undertook and funded the establishment of a First Class Burn Centre to address incidents of burn injuries.