GOVERNOR Kashim Shettima of Borno State, on Sunday, said the establishment of North-East Development Commission was a direct response to the large scale devastation caused to the region by the Boko Haram insurgents.
The governor said this in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Communications and Media Strategy, Isa Gusau, in Maiduguri.
According to the governor, the effect of Boko Haram insurgency is such that no geopolitical zone will wish to experience it.
Shetiima said, “Having a commission like the NEDC is a direct response to the large scale devastation which no geo – political zone should wish to experience.”
He said Borno would have to experience 50 years of backwardness due to the destruction caused by the Boko Haram sect.
“A comprehensive assessment report by the World Bank put the damage at over $9bn.
“The NEDC will set out for the recovery of this backwardness so that the state recovers earlier than it would ordinary have taken us to recover.
“It is not something any section of the country should wish to experience.”
Shettima noted that the development had also demonstrated the Federal Government’ s commitment to social and economic rebuilding of the geopolitical zone.
The governor commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the NEDC Bill into law.
He said the people of the North- East would remain grateful to Buhari over his concern and commitment to their plight.
Shettima said the people were highly appreciative of “President Muhammadu Buhari ’s open love for them’’ and the role of the 8 th National Assembly in the passage of the bill.
He added, “I must confess that if Buhari was not elected in 2015 , only God knows what would have become of Borno and the rest of the North- East.”
The governor also commended the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, for their leadership role in the passage of the bill.
Shettima said the people of the geopolitical zone were also grateful to members of the National Assembly.
“For us, they have achieved 50 per cent of what our people elected them to do at the National Assembly by the passage and Presidential assent to the bill establishing the NEDC,’’ he said.
Buhari signed the North- East Development Commission ( Establishment ) Bill, 2017 into law recently.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, said this in a statement in Abuja on October 26.