Post insurgency, NEDC trains Borno youths on graphics design, Handset repairs, presents office equipments to BOGIS
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
In its quest of providing non kinetic approach to counter insurgency, the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC), has train and presented certificates starter packs to 200 youths that were trained on graphic design and handset repairs, , as well commissioned resources centres for vocational training at the Borno Mass Literacy Agency, Ramat Polytechnic and Federall Polytechnic Monguno aimed at addressing the root cause if Boko Haram insurgency.
The Commission also presented office equipments to the Borno state Geographic Information System (BOGIS) to effectively manage post insurgency land administration to be in turn with technological advancement, address land disputes and also stimulate the economy if the state.
While presenting the certificates and starter parks the graduands at the Borno state Agency for Mass Literacy on Thursday, the MD NEDC, Alhaji Goni Alkali said the commission has established two additional training centres in Ramat Polytechnics and Federal Polytechnics Monguno ”
” Today we are graduating 200 youths in information and Communication Technology (ICT) in areas of graphics design and handset repairs. With the establishment o the f additional two centres we will be graduating 2000 youths annually in Borno state. The NEDC is also establishing 3 centres each in the remaining state of the Northeast, making 18 centres and we are targeting 10, 090 graduates every years”, Alkali said.
He said in areas of education the commission has awarded the contract for the upgrading of GSS Dikwa and GGSS Biu to a mega schools., adding that the NEDC is also constructing staff quarters in Federal Polytechnics Monguno, as well as Faculty of Engineering at the Borno state University..
In his remarks, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state commended the NEDC for for the intervention in the education sector through 6 critical projects which are all inline with the administration’s 10 point agenda, as well as opening up of the Zabarnari communities of Jere local government area, of the state with roads networks which will also enable the farming communities of Jere to transport their farm produce
He said the equipments presented to the BOGIS will in no small measure address problems that may arise from land administration and transitional justice, especially as communities return back to their hones due relative peace recorded
Also commending the NEDC, the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster management, Hajiya Sadiya Faruk commended the strategic approach of the commission in addressing current and future of the youths through ICT . and support to the BOGIS which is also strategic in addressing post insurgency land disputes and stimulating the economy.
Represented by the permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Nasiru Gwarzo said ” I want to use this opportunity to call on the graduands and the benefiting institutions to put in good use the equipments and starter parks for the benefit of the society.”.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary BOGIS, Engr Adam Bababe said since the repositioning of the Agency in 2017 the generated N14.8 million, 2018, N19.6 million , 2019. N68 million, 2020 N400 million and 2921 N1. 043 billion and with these equipments the sky us their limits.
In their separate vote of thanks, Rubecca Musa and Musa Ibrahim thanked the NEDC for the opportunity given to them and assured that these will not only make them self repaint but also train others.