By: Charity Amos, Babagana Bukar Wakil, Maiduguri
The North East Development Commission NEDC has donated 120 patrol vehicles and ambulances to security operatives in Northeast region.
The decade long Boko Haram insurgency in region has destroyed about 350,000 lives and property worth N3.412 trillion were ravaged in the over ten years of insurgency in the Northeastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
This was contained in an address by the Managing Director of North East Development Commission, NEDC, Mohammed Alkali at the presentation of patrol vehicles and ambulances to security agencies, held at the multipurpose hall of Government House, Maiduguri.
Items distributed included 120 patrol vehicles and ambulances to the military and other security agencies while some tertiary health institutions also benefitted from the five ambulances to boost the capacity of stakeholders in the sub region.
He hinted that, the North-East Security Summit and Civil-Security Cooperation in Humanitarian Intervention workshop recommended that security forces at war front require urgent logistics support that will enable military and other security agencies overcome security challenges in region.
In his remarks, the National Security Advisor Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno stressed that the resurgence of terrorist activities in the northeast after several years put the military and other security agencies in difficult situation.
The mandate of the commission, he said included the promotion of stability in relations between military and civilian populace in northeast and commended the commission for demonstrating confidence in Armed Forces and security agencies by providing multi-dimensional support to their efforts.
Also speaking at the occasion, Senate President, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, who was represented by Sen. Mohammed Ali Ndume, said that the commission should collaborate with the state government to overcome the challenges of reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement of destroyed communities.
He also urged the commission to rebuilt and rehabilitate federal roads including the ones that link neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum said that the only option to forge ahead despite the decade long of insecurity, is the restoration of peace through continuous reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement process in the state and North East region.