…Charges them on quick remedial measures to alleviate IDPs' plights
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, inaugurated the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNEI) at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
PCNEI, which is expected to coordinate the humanitarian efforts on resettlement and reconstruction of the region, is chaired by General TY Danjuma (rtd).
Speaking at the inauguration, President Buhari, who urged members of the committee to approach their task with dedication, accountability and transparency, asked them to take a quick look at the conditions of the IDPs and take urgent remedial measures to alleviate these conditions.
“Today marks an important milestone in our desire and determination to
restore normalcy and stability to the North Eastern part of our
“The devastation to human lives and livelihoods by the insurgency in
the North East is severe, with more than an estimated 20,000 persons
killed, an estimated 2.4 million persons displaced and billions of
naira worth of personal and public assets destroyed.
“Many humanitarian intervention efforts, national and international,
have worked over time to assist in coping with the task of bringing
succour to the IDPs in and outside the region, with most of these
efforts aimed at providing short-term emergency assistance and relief
to the victims of the violence and displacement. However, there
remains a need for better coordination of these efforts particularly
the humanitarian resettlement and reconstruction of the region,” Buhari said.
He said though “the worst of the insurgency is behind us,” many of the IDPs who are willing to return home
to pick up their lives and move forward have nothing to return to.
“They have lost everything to the insurgency. In addition, social and public services are also absent due to the massive destruction of public and private infrastructure,” he added.
The president, however, assured that the Federal Government is committed to providing effective coordination and guidance towards addressing the humanitarian crisis, the resettlement and reconstruction of the North East region.
“To this end, I have established the Presidential committee on the
North East Initiative (PCNEI), under the Chairmanship of General T.Y.
Danjuma (Rtd), GCON, a man of proven integrity, outstanding patriotism
“He will lead this Committee comprising members who have been carefully chosen from a wide spectrum of stakeholders. The Committee will be
the apex coordinating body for all interventions in the region
including those by the public, private, national and international
“The Committee is domiciled in the Presidency and is charged with responsibility for developing the strategy and implementation framework for rebuilding the North East region.
“The PCNEI would not exist in perpetuity or isolation. Rather, it will exist for a period of 3 years, where after it is envisaged that a long-term regional development framework or entity may be established,” he said.
According to Buhari, PCNEI will be funded through Federal, State and Local Government appropriation, as well as funds from the private sector and international development partners.
He therefore called on all stakeholders to give the PCNEI their maximum support to enable it to deliver on its mandate]]>