NEDC supports repentant terrorists with huge donations in Borno
NEWS DIGEST – The North East Development Commission, NEDC has presented a free offer of both edibles and non-food items to bandits who have surrendered.
News Digest Nigeria learnt that the donation was received by the Borno State Government and a total of 67,000 repentant Boko Haram terrorists who take refuge at Hajj Camp in the state’s capital will benefit from it.
During the handing-over event held at the Bulumkutu Rehabilitation Centre, Alhaji Goni Alkali, the Managing Director of NEDC, stated that the gesture is to aid the government’s relentless efforts in tackling the ordeals of the terrorists including the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.
In his words, “the dangling pose of the economy sparks a need to assist government and the security agencies to enable harmony in the region and the country as a whole, as there is no economic boom in an area where there is no peace”.
“As you are all aware the government and our security forces have been doing wonderfully well in the fight against terrorists for over a decade of atrocities, where a lot of people have been displaced.
“These displaced persons are been taking care of by the government and other humanitarian partners, including NEDC.
“Recently, we have witnessed the massive surrendering of terrorists with their wives and children who are taken care of by the government of the day as they undergo rehabilitation before reintegration into the society”, he noted.
“NEDC, therefore, considered that the burden has been so much on the State Government alone to handle, and that is why the Commission since inception has been assisting in the area of reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement in the North-East sub-region.
He confirmed that: “Today, NEDC is giving out another assistance to our repentant terrorists and other Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in the state in line with the federal government’s initiatives, as it had constituted a Committee for rehabilitation and resettlement of victims of insurgency in the region.
“So as an inter-agency intervention, NEDC donated 10,000 bags of 25kg rice, and 10,000 bags of maize grits that were purchased directly from the Maiduguri Flour Mill to encourage domestic marketing.
“NEDC also is presenting 4,000 cartons of spaghetti and 4,000 gallons of vegetable oil. Other non-food items donated include 5,000 blankets and 5,000 mats for onward distribution to targeted beneficiaries”. Alkali commented.
He appreciated the efforts of the federal and state governments and others in helping the victims of insecurity, pleading for more support to come from the Commission.
In a response to the gesture on behalf of the state government, the Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Hajiya Kolo acknowledged NEDC, assuring that the items will be distributed judiciously.