NEDCOM Bill To Rebuild, Resettle N 'East Destroyed Communities, IDPs
The North East Development Commission (NEDCOM) Bill before the Senate will address the “comprehensive rebuildings” of Boko Haram destroyed communities in the North East geopolitical zone, before the over 2.2 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps return to their respective communities, the Senate Leader, Sen. Mohammed Ali Ndume, has said.
Ndume stated this while speaking to newsmen in Maiduguri at his Government Reservation Area (GRA) residence, on the rebuilding of destroyed communities; and return of IDPs to their communities in the affected Northeast sub-region of the country.
He said that the NEDCOM bill; has scaled the second reading; and the third and final readings will surely scale through this month for President Muhammadu
Buhari’s assent to become law.
He said by February this year, the rebuilding of all the destroyed communities will commence under various Implementation and Monitoring
Committees (IMMC) in the six affected states in the North East.
“I don’t want to be misquoted gentlemen of the press, but the NEDCOM bill, will be similar to that of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC) established by the Obasanjo administration in
addressing the Niger Delta Militancy in the South-South and South East geopolitical zones of this country,” said Ndume on the import of bill
before the Senate.
He said the reconstructions, rehabilitations and resettlements of the IDPs in 45 camps, will commence in all the captured and recently reclaimed council areas in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
He however noted that Borno state had the highest number of 20 destroyed communities, with Adamawa and Yobe states having six and two
Local Government Areas respectively destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents between 2012 and 2015.
“The level of destructions by these insurgents was enormous and devastating in the council areas of Kukawa, Ngala, Bama and Gwoza bordering Chad and Cameroon.
Some of these communities were completely flattened with explosives and petro-bombs, as all the infrastructural facilities for water and electricity supplies, healthcare, schools and councils’ secretariat complexes were razed to the ground by
insurgents” Ndume said.
He also assured that before the end of this month, the NEDCOM bill will be ready for President’s assent to become law in addressing the North East’s socio-economic and development problems.