Presidential Committee hails effective coordinatin in North East

The Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI) has attributed the successes recorded in its interventions in the North-East to effective coordination among development partners.

Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, Vice Chairman of the PCNI made this known during a forum on Sunday in Abuja.

Tumsah said that coordination among stakeholders was the most paramount in rebuilding the North-East as it would ensure that interventions are evident, impactful, prioritised and to avoid duplication of efforts and waste of resources.

He said that before the inauguration of the PCNI, a lot of agencies, groups and individuals were working and duplicating efforts with some communities benefiting from multiple interventions at the expense of others.

He explained that the first task was to distil and coordinate all the plans of various agencies and organisations on their plans of interventions in the North-East.

Tumsah said that plans were also made by the state governments, international organisations like the World Bank, European Union and the UN in terms of how to recover, restructure and rebuild the North-East.

According to him, all these plans were aggregated and distilled to comply with international best practices and also to become a guide for all interventions going to the North-East.

“Specifically, it may not sound as big as people may want to hear because a lot of times, structural building can be recounted as progress.

“It is a progress that we are able to coordinate all activities; it is a progress that all interventions are going to be appropriately channelled by Nigerians.

“ We have engaged with the private sector on a variety of issues including fund raising and they have indicated interest to provide quite a bit of resources for the engagements.

“For intervention and strategy, we now have all the partners on the same page and there would be less acrimony in terms of what the international community is doing, how much they are spending, where they are spending it.

“It would be obvious to all Nigerians,’’ Tumsah said.

Tumsah added that the committee intends to be transparent in its activities and activities of all partners.

He said that it was on the basis of effective coordination and transparency that the PCNI developed and launched its dashboard, a technology that creates a platform for everyone to know all intervention going on in the North-East.

He said that the dashboard, which was launched in April, has been helpful tool in monitoring and evaluating, and also in visualizing what activities are happening in the North-East.

Tumsah explained that the dashboard, which would be visible to developing partners and Nigerians, would show communities and areas that need intervention and what specific interventions are required in those areas.

The vice chairman said while intervention is going on, everyone would also be able to see who is doing what, what is being done, where it is being done and the impact on the community.

Tumsah said that the committee recently had its first coordination meeting with development partners, which included implementing Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), the World Bank, UN agencies among others.

He said that the meeting would be held on a monthly basis so that the committee as the apex coordinating arm of the government will be able to review activities of every organisation involved.

He said that this would enable them know where there are gaps, what to be done to address those gaps sufficiently within the scarce resources available.

“ We were able to meet with all the Federal Government agencies that had programmes in the budget for the North-East and also with the International development partners in terms of their activities in the region.

“This will help in targeting scarce resources to issues that are already evident and issues that can be sufficiently addressed within the scarce resources available,’’ Tumsah said.

Tumsah said the committee would now deploy efforts toward reconstructing physical infrastructure including schools, health care centres, education, security among others.

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