Northeast Stability: NEDC Brainstorms With Stakeholders For Master Plan

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo

Abuja (Precise Post) – The North East Development Commission (NEDC) on Saturday engaged diverse stakeholders in Taraba State in it’s bid to draw up the North-East Stabilization And Development Master Plan (NESDMP) in line with the provisions for the Act establishing the Commission.

The Managing Director/CEO of the Alhaji Mohammed Alkali in his opening remarks said that the consultation was very key to make sure that the master plan was all encompassing and could stand the test of time.

“To achieve the aim of its establishment, the NEDC Act of 2017 provides that the shall “develop a Master Plan based on the needs assessment of the zone to be known as the North-East Stabilisation and development Master Plan”. The Master Plan shall contain programmes and schemes that promote and facilitate the physical and socio-economic development of the North-East Zone, as well as estimates of the time and costs of implementing the programmes and schemes.

“The NEDC Establishment Act also designates the as the Focal Point to coordinate and harmonize all other intervention programmes and initiatives that Member States, Federal Government and all Stakeholders will execute for the stabilisation and development of the Region.

“Taraba State and the other 5 States in the North-East Region are the most critical partners of NEDC, in addition to Federal MDAs, Development Partners, and the Private Sector, among others. In order to come up with a robust Regional Master Plan, we consider consultations with State Stakeholders as very pertinent towards producing a credible and comprehensive roadmap for recovery and sustainable socio-economic development of the NE. During the preceding year (2021), the conducted baseline surveys and held consultations with diverse groups.

“Today’s joint Consultative Meeting with all representative groups of Stakeholders in the State (MDAs, Legislature, Judiciary, LGA Officials, Security Agencies, Traditional and Religious Leaders, Private Sector, CSOs, HDP Actors, Women and Youth Groups, Persons Living With Disabilities) will be followed by finalization of a Draft Master Plan that will eventually be presented for validation. The essence of having these diverse Stakeholders under one roof here, therefore, is to harness their individual and collective inputs to enrich the process and align with NEDC’s policy of inclusiveness and bottom-up approach” he said.

Alkali disclosed that the proposed 10- NESDMP consists of 10 Pillars, which will encompass the relevant aspects of the Taraba State Development Plan and those of other Partners.

The Taraba state Governor Darius Ishaku who was represented at the occasion by the states’ Head of Service Mrs Suzy Nathan said that the region was in a serious distress and if urgent measures are not put in place soon, the future would be hopeless.

He commended the commission for the various interventions across the state and region generally and urged participants to take the project seriously as the future of children from the region may depend on the efficacy of the master plan.

Our correspondent reports that presentations were made on the general overview of the region at the moment and where the commission hopes to take the region to in the next one decade through enhanced security awareness and dialogue, improved IGR, more and provision of better life for the people.

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