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NEDC Hands Over 40, 000 Classroom Furniture To Borno Govt

By: Gbenga Akingbule

…Trains 166 Youths on ICT

As part of its Education Support Programme, the North East Development Commission (NEDC) has on Monday handed over 40,000 two-Seater Classrooms furniture to the Borno State government for onward distribution to its schools.

The Commission also gave out 80, 000 branded exercise books to public and private schools in the state.

The gesture, according to the NEDC, is part the implementation of its Rapid Response Intervention (RRI) Projects where each local government from the region are allocated projects worth N50 Million. State governors are allowed to come up with priority projects from their states.

Managing Director of NEDC, Mohammed Alkali, made the disclosure at the Multipurpose Hall of Government House, Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, while launching the commission’s Rapid Response Intervention Projects, Graduation of the NEDC Pioneer Trainees And Donations of Diverse Items.

Cross-Section of dignitaries at the occasion

Alkali stated that the NEDC is not unaware of the level of destruction done to the education sector in Borno State following the almost 12-year-old insurgency, hence its support for the sector.

“Implementation of the RRI projects in Borno State is almost completed with today’s handing over to the state of about 40,000 two-seater Classrooms furniture for distribution to schools in the 27 Local government areas,” Alkali said.

The NEDC Boss said the commission resolved to intervene urgently to ease the situation of the citizens following the “wake of the insurgency and numerous other conflicts and calamities” within the North East Region.

“NEDC Resolved to implement an average of two projects in each of the 112 Local Government Areas of the North – East States with a budget envelope of N50 Million per LGA. The budget for the initiative was pegged at N6 Billion for the implementation of all approved projects,” Alkali said.

The NEDC also embarked on other people-oriented projects and programmes across the six Northeast states which ranges from Education, Health, Wash, Social Infrastructure and Agriculture.

Governor Babagana Zulum, being assisted by the MD of NEDC, Mohammed Alkali, presents a Starter Pack to one of the trainees

At least 166 Borno youths were trained in computer graphics and cellphone repairs. The youths were given free starter packs and financial support. 1200 others from across the North East region were admitted to participate in the second batch of the training.

Also, 40, 000 branded face masks were donated by the commission to Schools, Internal Displaced Persons, Security agencies, Road Transport Workers to fight COVID-19, while seedlings and other agricultural inputs were given to farmers in the region.

Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, who was a special guest at the occasion commended the NEDC for its support and described the donations as one of the largest the state has received.

“Today’s donation is very huge. It’s among the largest single donations the Borno State Government has received,” Zulum said.

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