MD vows to repel graft in North East Development Commission
Says some IDPs reluctant to return home
Authorities of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) have vowed to resist graft scandals that rocked the operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), as water-tight measures have been put in place to insulate the commission.
Allegations of graft had dogged the operations of NDDC, which has continued to remain without a board due to alleged political influence, making it difficult for President Muhammadu Buhari to order the inauguration of a board, which members he appointed and sent to the Senate for screening, but yet to be inaugurated for almost two years.
Reacting to a question on what measures were put in place to shield the NEDC from corruption, the Managing Director, Mohammed Alkali, said the commission was created for a purpose and would ensure judicious utilisation of resources at its disposal and to actualise its mandate for the people.
Alkali spoke to newsmen when he appeared during the weekly ministerial briefing anchored by the Presidential Media Team in the State House, Abuja.
Alkali lamented the reluctance of some of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East to return to their ancestral homes.
Fielding questions on behalf of the MD, the agency’s Executive Director, Humanitarian Affairs, Musa Yashi, revealed that in the communities torn apart by Boko Haram activities, 20 to 30 per cent of the displaced persons live outside camps.
According to him, the Federal Government has concluded the construction of 1,000 housing units as part of the resettlement efforts for millions of the inhabitants displaced by the 13-year insurgency.
The 1,000 houses, comprising two-bedroom flats built in clusters, he added, were built in Ngwom, Borno, at N17.5 billion.