The North East Development Commission (NEDC) with support from the Bauchi State government has laid the foundation stone for the construction of 500 houses across the state for victims of Boko Haram insurgency and civil servants.
Speaking on Thursday during the ceremony held at the site of the construction in Dungal village along Bauchi-Jos road,the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NEDC, Mohammed Alkali, said that the construction of the 500 housing units will help to ameliorate the sufferings of people following the over 12 years of insurgency by Boko Haram in the subregion.
He lamented that insurgency in the subregion has led to massive influx of people in the urban areas, with most of them taking shelter in any available public spaces, homes, schools, huts, abandoned and uncompleted buildings, while many trooped to neighbouring North-eastern states just as hundreds settled in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the states.
“You may recall that part of the Commission’s Mandate include Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of destroyed Homes and Commercial Premises of Citizens in the Zone. You may also wish to be informed that the stock of houses in the North-East States before the insurgency was about 4 million, out of which over 500,000 structures (Houses and Commercial Premises) were destroyed or irreparably damaged.
“Even before the insurgency, there was Housing deficit in all the States of the Zone. Therefore, the insurgency only further aggravated the situation. In all of this, Borno State being the epicentre of the crisis is worse affected with the largest number of Internally Displaced Persons.
“Based on the above, Mr. President, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) had earlier in 2019 approved a Special Presidential Interventions in Borno State (SPIB) to ameliorate the desperate situation that displaced communities in the State had found themselves through the construction of 10,000 houses and the establishment of Technical and Vocational Skills Acquisition Centres for the IDPs amongst others.
“As part of the execution of the SPIB, it was resolved that the NEDC undertakes the construction of the first 1,000 houses and today, I am pleased to say that, at a ceremony on 02/09/2021 the 1,000 houses at Ngowom Village, Mafa Local Government of Borno State was handed over to His Excellency, Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor (Eng) Baba Gana Umara Zulum. We were able to deliver a new Town with all the required social amenities.
“The Commission reflecting on its mandate decided to extend this gesture to replicate same in the other five states of the Zone by the construction of 500 houses in each state. To realize this, the Commission had earlier requested for, and had received approval from the Bauchi State Government of the allocation of plots of land for these Mass Housing as follows; 300 Houses in the State Capital, Bauchi and the balance of 200 Houses to be spread among other cities in the State.
“Your Excellences, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Construction will commence immediately after today’s foundation laying ceremony.
“The Mass Houses we are about to commence constructing is the Cluster block style which consists of blocks of four units of 2-bedroomed bungalows with Veranda and Courtyard. Each block sits on four hundred square metres, with a fence separating each twin-facing houses, covered kitchens and toilets/bathrooms, and ample space for home living activities. The following Socio-economic facilities will also be provided: – Street lights, Reticulated Water Supply System, commercial spaces amongst others,” he said.
Mohammed Alkali also flaged-off the distribution of food and non-food items and handed over 10,000 bags of rice (25kg), 12,000 Gallons of vegetable oil, 10,000 Bags of sugar, 2,000 cartons of spaghetti, 3,000 cartons of macaroni and donated non-food items like blankets 2,000 (Pcs), Mats 2,000 (Pcs), mosquito nets 2,000 (Pcs), mosquito hand band 10,000 (Pcs) for distribution as well as distribution of food and non-food items to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are presently taking refuge in Bauchi state.
On his part, the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed lauded the construction of 500 housing units by NEDC in Bauchi, noting that it will complement the ongoing construction of 2500 housing units across the state through a collaboration with the federal government.
Assisted by the MD/CEO of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC), the governor laid the foundation stone for the construction of 500 housing units in Bauchi state to be fully funded by the NEDC.
“The importance of housing for the people cannot be overemphasized and that is why we are doing everything possible to make sure that our people get affordable but decent accommodation. We want to make sure we ameliorate the housing deficit in our state.
“Civil servants and other public servants will be given priority in the allocation of the houses because that is the only way to get the best out them,” Governor Mohammed said.
Drogba Returns, Scores Hat-trick Against Arsene Wenger’s Team
Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, on Wednesday night, returned to action to score a hat-trick against Arsene Wenger’s UNICEF XI team in a charity match.
Wenger returned to management to lead a UNICEF XI out against Marseille legends.
Wenger’s side moved into a 2-1 lead at the Stade Velodrome in his first.
However, Drogba stole the show with his trio of goals for Marseille legends.
The Ivory Coast legend found the net twice and then even dusted off his infamous celebration for his third goal.
Marseille legends triumphed 7-4 against UNICEF XI.
Formula One hotshot Pierre Gasly was also on target in the enthralling game.
Meanwhile, Robert Pires, Jens Lehmann, Mathieu Flamini and Samir Nasri, all Arsenal legends under Wenger, made appearances last night.
EFCC Bursts Internet Fraudsters Hideout, Arrests 22
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Command, has arrested 22 “Yahoo Boys” for alleged involvement in internet fraud.
The suspects were identified as Akintunde Ibrahim Olajide, Yusuf Taiye Afeez, Jimoh Idris Okikiola, Adeyemo Wariz Adegoke, Ademola Olalekan Saheed, Anif Abayomi Busayo, Oriade Sunday Oluwatobi, Ajadi Opeyemi Damilola.
Others include, Peter Akanji Blessing,Olaoluwa Felix Oguniran, Agbei Shola Peter, Toheeb Adeagbo Tola, Ajayi Akinyinka Umar, Ibrahim Opeyemi Ishola, Samson Shonubi Oluwafemi, Oki Kayode Oluwadunsi, Durosamo Temitope Dickson, Akinremi Ridwan Abiodun, Ahmed Ogunyele and Olawore Ridwan Olalekan.
They were apprehended during an operation at their hideout in Ogbomoso, Oyo State based on intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.
At the point of their arrest, five cars, several mobile phones, laptops and other incriminating documents were recovered from them.
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The Commission said twenty of the 22 suspects have been indicted by investigation.
It added that they would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.
Six Parties Ready To Merge, Contest Against APC, PDP – Moghalu
A former presidential candidate in the 2019 general election, Kingsley Moghalu has claimed that at least six political parties have indicated their interest to merge and form a mega party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Moghalu stated this when he hosted Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, the candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) for the November 6 governorship poll in Anambra State.
The ex-Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who recently defected to the ADC, also called on Nigerians to register in order to be eligible to vote in 2023.
DAILY POST quoted him him: “We hope to be a key part of a much larger third force that is building up for the presidential elections which will include a merger of about six or seven or more parties.
“So, I believe that in the 2023 elections the citizens of Nigeria should not allow it to be a contest between two sides of the same coin because there is no difference. It should be a battle between the old and the new – between the old Nigerian and the possibilities for a new Nigeria. That is what 2023 should be,” Moghalu said.
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