The Presidential Initiative on the North-East, the Sub-Committee on Security, Stabilisation and Peace Building is going round all six States in the area, to determine how safe and secured the area is for reconstruction work to begin.
The Chairman of the sub-committee, Brigadier-General Habila Ventenaba said before any project would commence, it must first establish the safety and security of all the people that would participate in the reconstruction.
He said the sub-committee, as a forerunner, was in the field to determine the very important aspect of the project, which is to identify communities that are safe for the intervention to take place.
Members of the sub-committee have already visited Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba and are now in Gombe before finally going to Bauchi to determine whether the plan of action mapped out should begin.
While in Gombe State, the sub-committee visited Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo, to seek for his support and cooperation, as well as commend his efforts at securing the State.
Safety and security
“As a Security Sub-Committee, we believe there’ll be no meaningful reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement and any other intervention in the North-East without first and foremost, assuring ourselves of the security and safety of all the people who will participate in this project,” Brigadier General Ventenaba said.
He encouraged the Presidential Initiative on the North-East to commence the reconstruction project in the area, with the establishment of its base in any of the North-East States and not in Abuja.
Governor Dankwambo said he was willing to host the committee, while urging them to support the people, by creating various activities.
Governor Dankwambo said, “because of the scary reports about the North-East, people, especially investors and development partners are afraid of coming to the area.”
He, therefore, advised the committee to make it a priority by discouraging the reference to the North-East as a danger zone.
“The Presidential Committee should take it as a priority to discourage the UN, the Embassies and others, to get rid of the reports referring the north-east as a danger place,” Governor Dankwambo said.
The Chairman, Sub-Committee on Security, Stabilisation and Peace Building of the Presidential Initiative on the North-East, Brigadier-General Habila Vinte Daba said the committee had been divided into five different sub-committees, to ensure that all grounds were covered in the reconstruction of the area.
“The committee is composed of five hubs. The first hub is the Humanitarian Sub-Committee, the Security Sub-Committee, the Economic Sub-Committee, Education and the Finance Sub-Committee. I am sure, one way or the other, these sub-committees will be coming into the State to begin the process of conducting their activities,” he said.
Governor Dankwambo said the committee should be free to indicate what the State should do on time, so that it would include it in the 2017 budget, while pledging that his government was ever ready to support the committee and secure the State for the project.
He stated that the Gombe State Government had been investing in security, such as strengthening of the capacity of the police, since the first insurgency attack in 2011.
The Governor added that it had undertaken the reconstruction of various places destroyed by insurgency, instead of waiting for the Nigerian Government.