From Umar Dankano, Yola
Gov. Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the North East Development Commission Bill.
Bindow, in a statement by the State Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mallam Ahmad Sajoh, said the development was a welcome one that would trigger development and durable solutions to areas affected by the insurgency.
Bindow said that those handling the commission needed to ensure due diligence, transparency and accountability in the discharge of their mandate.
He commended the resolve of President Buhari to end the insurgency and create a peaceful atmosphere in the North East.
According to him, “This has resulted in increased productive engagements by the people. It is hoped that the commission will gave further impetus to such engagements particularly in the areas of Agriculture and Commerce. “
He pledged that Adamawa government on its part would continue to give all necessary support to the Federal Government in order to ensure that both the setting up of the structures of the commission and the combat support requirements of the armed forces are provided at all times.
The governor equally commended members of the National Assembly for the passage of the Bill which saw to its eventual signing into law by the President.
He appealed to the lawmakers as a former colleague to consider and approve the provision of generous budgetary allocation for the eventual take-off of the commission, noting that without adequate funding, the commission will not achieve its mandate or make the desired impact.
Also speaking, the chairman of Mubi North Local Government Area, which was affected by the insurgency, Alhaji Musa Ahmed, and the chairman of Interfaith Mediation Centre, Mallam Abdullahi Damare, lauded the development and urged those to handle the commission to ensure justice and fairness to all.
They expressed hope that the commission would fast-track major reconstruction in the affected areas.