The Presidential committee on North East Initiative (PCNI) has opened an office for its operations in Taraba, North East Nigeria. While speaking at the Deputy Governor’s office in Taraba, on Wednesday, 1st March, 2017, the Chairman of the PCNI, Lt. General T.Y Danjuma represented by the Vice Chairman, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah thanked the Taraba state government for their support. He said that the rationale behind PCNI having state offices in the North East was to foster effective coordination and synergy between states and the Federal government and to ensure all interventions in the North East are devoid of duplication and effectively targeted at the needs of the affected communities.
Mr. Tumsah observed that other than the influx of IDPs in the state which has placed an excessive burden on infrastructure, Taraba State has recorded communal conflicts and farmers/herdsman clashes which have led multiple displacements of people in the state. He pledged the commitment of the federal government to the economic development of the state. Leading his team to inspect the Green house project at University of Agriculture, Mr. Tumsah said his team was also on a fact finding mission to observe developmental projects, assess their viability and identify gaps for support and possibly replicate such projects in other North Eastern states. The Vice Chair and his team also visited the Internally-displaced Peoples’ camps at Gulum and the United Methodist church in Lankabari. He assured the IDPs of the Federal government’s commitment to enabling their security and livelihood and said that the government would provide all needed building materials and other forms of livelihood support to aid their rehabilitation. The Taraba office is the second PCNI state office to be opened after the Borno office commenced operations in November last year. Other state coordination offices are scheduled to come online in due course.