The North-East Development Association on Thursday raised the alarm that the people of the North-East geopolitical zone are still homeless and hungry despite the establishment of an agency to take care of their plight.
The group, which addressed journalists in Abuja, said the people in the zone devastated by the Boko Haram terrorists, were still living in the internally displaced peoples’ homes without adequate care.
The group called on the North-East Development Commission to make sure that the N36bn so far released to the commission work for the people.
The Secretary General of the North-East Development Association, Abubakar Bitako, said having participated actively in the birth of the NEDC, the group was worried that the people were not feeling the impact of the commission despite the N36bn so far deposited in the account of the organisation.
He said, “We want to see things taking place. We want to see the NEDC helping the people. We don’t have only Boko Haram problem in the North-East. We have farmers and herders’ clashes mostly in Adamawa and Taraba states.
“We want to see foodstuffs been shared to the people. We want bedding provided for our people. We want our people to have access to hospitals and schools.
“They were inaugurated on May 8, 2019. From 8th May to now, N10bn was released to them and subsequently, N26bn was also released in the 2019 budget. So if you add N10bn to N26bn that is N36bn.
“So, the commission should immidiately take care of the people.”
The group commended the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for working hard to ensure peace return to the North-East through effective humanitarian services to the people.