Post insurgency Recovery: NEDC commissions centre for the study of violent extremism in UNIMAID, present N48.3 M grants for research on canter treatment
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By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Northeast Development Commission (NEDC), has commissioned a centre for the study of violent extremism at the University of Maiduguri and presented N48.3 million research grant to the Faculty of Pharmacology of the Institutions for the research on the treatment of cancer.
While commissioning the centre at the University of Maiduguri on Thursday, the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajuya Sadiya Faruk who was represented by her permanent secretary, Dr Nasiru Gwarzo said ” we were here in September, last and today we are here to commission the study centre. The centre is to research on the root cause of Boko Haram insurgency and other extremism violent”.
” I urge you to extend your research and study on other extreme violent across the country and not limiting go Boko Haram.. The grant of N48.3 grant will help our researchers to come up with treatment of cancer “, the minister added.
Earlier in his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Prof Aliyu Shugaba appreciated the Federal government, the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Borno state government and the NEDC..
He said the grants and the study will in no small measure assist the University in knowing the root cause of insurgency, prefer solution, as well as finding treatment if cancer through the local herbs.
He assured the commission of continued partnership and urged the NEDC to continue to sport them.
In his remarks at the University, the MD, NEDC, ,Alhaji Alkali said the university should have a well research document on violence extremism, hence the construction and donation of the centre.
” Also we are presenting a research grant for the research in treatment M48.3 million for research ozn canter will be presented to the university management for onward presentation to the faculty of pharmacy,” the MD
Also as part of post insurgency development efforts, the commission , has handed over medical equipment, 200 units of beds, generator and other equipments and grant research to 7 Division Hospital and medical services, Federal neuron psychiatric Hospital and University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri and University of Maiduguri
Heading over of medical equipment to the 7 Division, Hospital and medical services at the Maimalari cantonment, Maiduguri, the minister said ” indeed what NEDC is doing today is not only saving lives but sharping the development, health and economic system of the country.”.
Hajiya Faruk further said ” this equipment when properly put into use, will in no small measure address the problem of the medical services of the troops, their families and the community at large.. So in behalf of the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, the MD and staff if the NEDC . I hereby present you this equipment to the 7 Division Hospital and medical services “, he added.
She also commended the NEDC for life torching projects, which according to him, the projects and interventions will not only save lives but sharping the economy and development of the country.
” I am not only impressed because the projects are real and life torching, the ministry us really proud of the management and staff of the commission.
Also speaking, the theater Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Christopher Musa, ‘ today is our wonderful happy day . as this intervention is one of the non kinetic approach to the counter insurgency. The kinetic approach we gave been doing is only 25 percent, while the 75 is non kinetic”
He said the equipments will in no small measure in providing healthcare services to the troops , families and the community.
General Musa assured the general public that the military will do more in discriminating the insurgency, as according within the last one month the troops of the theater have rescued 3 Chibok school girls with the rescue of Ruth Bistrus in recent operations few days ago.
Earlier in his remarks, the MD, NEDC, Alhaji Goni Alkali said ” since the establishment of the commission, it has been making intervention in the area of humanitarian aids, health facilities and equipment, youths empowerment, among others.”
He said ” peace and security is very important, as without peace and security, the commission will not discharge its mandate. So this intervention is part of our non kinetic approach in tackling insurgency “.
In his welcome address, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Major General Wahidi Shuabu said the state of art equipment will change the narrative of the healthcare delivery within the theater.
He said the equipments donated to the 7 Division hospital includes 5 parts Homology analyzer, High frequency provide X-ray machine, Full automatic chemistry analyzer , 1000. Spectrophotometer, electrolyte analyzer Vortex mixer among others.
While at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, (UMTH), the Chief Medical Director (CMD), commended the NEDC for the donations of 200 units of beds to the hospital, as he said the ones in use currently in the hospital have been in used for over 40 years.
He also called on the commission to support the hospital with solar electricity plant , as the running cost of the generator is becoming an bearing to the hospital, stressing that the monthly allocation of diesel for the hospital is only N8 million, while they spent N45 million monthly.