By: Babagana Bukar Wakil Ngala
The Chief of North East Regional Initiative, Mr Olivier Girard has announced the rounding up of its six years programme interventions in insurgency affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
The programme, which involved interventions in education, health, women empowerment among others, is being funded by US Agency for International Development and British Government.
Announcing the rounding up at closing ceremony in Maiduguri, Girard said that within the past six years, NERI carried out 254 activities in Borno alone.
He lauded the support and cooperation given to NERI by government at all levels including security agencies.
He also explained that NERI had supported medical outreach activities and widows with training and tools.
According to him, NERI last year received 1.5 million pounds from British Government to support the Nigerian Police with infrastructure rehabilitation and equipment.
He explained that the fund was used to rehabilitate the police quarters in Monguno, Bama and the State Command headquarters in Maiduguri.
In his remarks, Gov. Babagana Zulum represented by the Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, lauded the intervention of NERI in various sectors particularly education and women empowerment.
Zulum urged NERI to stay for a while pointing out that it was exiting at a critical time when the state was relocating internally displaced persons back to their ancestral land.