President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, May 8, inaugurated the North-East Development Commission (NEDC).
Naija News reports that the President inaugurated the commission before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
This online news platform understands that the commission is expected to coordinate the rebuilding of the insurgency-ravaged north-east region.
While inaugurating the commission, Buhari said a take-off grant of N10 billion meant for the commission had already been captured in the 2019 budget.
The NEDC Board shows that Paul Tarfa, a retired army major-general, was confirmed as chairman, while Mohammed Alkali was confirmed as the managing director and chief executive officer of the commission.
Similarly, the Nigerian Senate led by Bukola Saraki also confirmed nine members of the board of the commission.
The members are Musa Yashi, executive director humanitarian affairs; Mohammed Jawa, executive director, admin and finance; Omar Mohammed, executive director, operations; and David Kente, member representing the north-east zone.
Others are Asmau Mohammed, member representing north-west zone; Benjamin Adanyi, member representing north-central zone; Olawale Oshun, member representing south-west zone; Theodore Ekechi, member representing south-east and Obasuke McDonald, member representing the south-south zone.
Naija News recalls that the commission presented a budget of N55 billion to the Senate in April, of which N10 billion was approved for humanitarian interventions.
President Buhari had sent the list of nominees of the commission to the Senate for confirmation last month.
The Nigerian Senate passed the bill for the establishment of the commission in October 2016 while Buhari assented to the bill a year later.