January 26, 2023

he North-East Development Commission (NEDC) yesterday flagged off the construction of the 54km Ngalda-Mutai road which was abandoned due to the activities of Boko Haram.

The road is economically-strategic as links many agriculturally viable communities of Fika and Gujba local government areas of Yobe State.

The inauguration of the road was co-performed by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the commission, Mohammed Goni Alkali, and Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni, at Ngalda from the Fika axis. Alkali said the road was awarded to SABTECH Tower Nigeria Ltd at N12.5 billion


The MD believes the project would improve the security and socio-economic wellbeing of the people.


He promised that it will executed within the contractual time-frame and with the desired quality.


Governor Buni was delighted with the commission’s impactful interventions.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring the commission’s take-off.


The governor said: “Let me start with giving glory to Almighty Allah (SWT) for the improved peace we now enjoy across the state and the opportunity to assemble here today (yesterday) to flag off the construction of the 54km Ngalda-Mutai Road (Phase II). “On December 16, 2020, I flagged off the construction of Phase 1 of the Gujba-Ngalda Road covering Gujba-Mutai being executed through the MCRP (Multisectoral Crisis Recovery Projects), but it was unfortunately visited by ugly insurgency attacks. “Alhamdulillah for the now improved situation and the steady progress of work on the road. “We are here to flag-off the phase II of the project which covers Ngalda-Mutai to be executed by the NEDC.


“The construction of this road would obviously open up the rich agriculturally endowed communities, and facilitate easy movement of people, goods and services to stimulate more agricultural, commercial and economic activities in the benefitting communities.


“This project is, therefore, a commendable drive by the NEDC which conforms to our development pursuit in the State. Such complementary interventions would certainly go a long way in impacting positively on the lives of our people.”


“Let me also appreciate other efforts of the NEDC for the construction of the 500 mass housing units across the state, the distribution of relief materials to victims of insurgency and disasters; training on smartphone repairs and computer graphics design and the distribution of starter packs and startup capital to over 330 youth; provision of fertiliSers and other agricultural inputs to the most vulnerable farmers across the State; COVID-19 interventions with Ambulances, palliatives, Molecular laboratory and preventive materials distributed to schools, security agencies and transport workers, others.

“In the same vein, we appreciate the Commission’s Rapid Response Intervention (RRI) projects across the 17 Local Government Areas.


“I am pleased to note that the execution of the RRI brought succour to the communities and increased the capacity of our local contractors and labourers while meeting the Federal Government standard.


“In this respect, I wish to urge the communities to cooperate with the construction team and claim ownership of the project from its inception, up to completion.”


The governor and the MD also inaugurated the Mega School the Commission is undertaking at Potiskum – one of the most densely populated areas.


The governor said the location of the school at Arikime at Potiskum was deliberate because of the large population of children in the area, stressing that the school will decongest other schools in Potiskum.

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