20,000 N/EAST INDIGENES TO BENEFIT FROM NEDC’s EDUCATION ENDOWMENT FUNDS

The Managing Director North-East Development Commission (NEDC), Mohammed Goni has said that no fewer than 20,000 indigenes will benefit from the commission’s Education Endowment Trust Funds (NEDC-EEF) in the region.

Goni made this known when governors from the six affected states paid him a courtesy call at the Commission’s Head office, Maiduguri on Sunday.

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The Governors before the visit had a one day parley at the Government House last Saturday on issues bedeviling the region, with a view to address them.

Governors of Bauchi, Bala Mohammed, Gombe Inuwa Yahaya, Adamawa Ahmadu Fintiri and Borno Professor Umara Zulum were in attendance while Governors of Taraba and Yobe, Arch Darius Ishaku and Mai Mala Buni who were unavoidably absent were represented by their Deputies.

Goni noted that the Education Endowment Fund’s (EEF) is aimed at improving the human capital development in the North-East hitherto ravaged by insurgents.

He explained that since the commission came into being in 2019 considerable time and efforts were devoted to providing relief and succour to the large number of communities and people displaced by the activities of insurgents in the North-East.

He commended the tremendous support given to the Commission by the Six State Governors and assured them that the Commission would work assiduously with all stakeholders address the challenges currently affecting the region.

“This mandated the commission under the chairmanship of Major General Paul Tarfa (Rtd) wgo inaugurated a high powered Board of Trustee (BOT)/Committee in Abuja to chart the new course”. Goni said.

According to him, this is to expedite and timely intervene in the education sector by establishing the NEDC-EEF to halt the ugly trend of the human development situation in the region.

“With the inauguration of the Committee our estimate is that by the time the scheme fully takes off, a minimum of 20,000 indigenes of the North-East will be the direct beneficiaries.

“Beneficiaries would enjoy award of scholarships at the Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degree levels, ICT and entrepreneurship training for the youth whose education was truncated by the Boko Haram crisis.

“And also special scholarships for the vulnerable groups such as orphans and youth who may wish to be actively engaged in sports’’, he said.

The Chairman of the NEGF, Professor Zulum who spoke on behalf of the other governors expressed willingness to partner with the Commission to restore peace and bring about development in the region.

He said, the other governors were in the state for their second round of meeting aimed at addressing numerous challenges affecting the sub region.

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